Carl Malcomess teachers return to classes

2018-03-09 06:00
PHOTO: Siphelele Nketo Carl Malcomess School pupils enter through a gap in the fence at the school.

PHOTO: Siphelele Nketo Carl Malcomess School pupils enter through a gap in the fence at the school.

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CARL Malcomess School teachers who embarked on a go-slow have returned to class. The teachers complained that they are not safe inside the premises of the school following the incident of a 34-year-old teacher who was attacked while intervening when a pupil was attacked by gang members who had entered the school.

Last week, some teachers refused to go to classes as they complained of poor security and the ill-discipline of pupils. Officials from the Department of Education visited the school on Monday morning and after a lengthy meeting between teachers and the DoE, teachers returned to classes on Tuesday morning.

On Sunday, Bhongweni community members ,where the school is situated, the school principal and teachers held a meeting in the school hall and discussed the insecurity of teachers and pupils, the ill-discipline of pupils and the poor fencing at the school.

School principal Bheki Ndlovu told community members that the fence is cut on a daily basis and the school is working hard to strengthen securing by getting a new one.

The principal further told people that pupils are getting in and out through the open spaces of the fence and thugs also use the gaps to get in the school and attack pupils and teachers.

“I wrote several letters to SAPS and stakeholders to intervene as we are not safe in the school,” said Ndlovu at the meeting, adding that parents must take on the responsibility of protecting the school from vandalism and thugs.

Community members said it is the responsibility of the government to provide security and fencing at the school. School governing body member Monde Nondabula said that a security company will be hired before the end of March.

Community members raised the issue of the rampant use of drugs by pupils, and pupils who are members of the gangs called “Amaphara” and “Amatoro” that operate in the school, and asked the police to intervene.

When Fever visited the school on Monday morning, pupils were not in their classes and some were using the gaps in the fence to get inside the school. On Tuesday, everything was back to normal.

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