Parents watch over troubled school

2018-05-04 06:00

PARENTS and community members from Kokstad have taken it upon themselves to monitor activities at Carl Malcomess High in order to instil discipline and ensure that the school returns to its former glory.

Akhona Booi, Zonke Thuntulwana and Sibusiso Mngweba who are community members of Bhongweni, say pupils lacked discipline are doing this without expecting any remuneration.

They said that their initiative stems from seeing pupils move in and out of the school during school hours and smoke cigarettes which is against school rules.

“On April 18, we took the initiative to start monitoring the school from 8 am until 3 pm during school days and we need more community members to support us,” said Booi.

When the Fever visited the school on Monday morning, Booi, Zonke and Mngweba were in the school gates telling pupils who were outside to get into classes.

“We tell pupils to stop making a noise in classes and to respect their teachers. We also tell them [pupils] to use designated gates instead of open holes to go in and out of school premises,” said Booi.

In February this year, a teacher at the school was attacked in class while defending pupils from an angry gang. In another incident, in August last year, a Grade 9 pupil was stabbed allegedly by another pupil at the school.

According to Mngweba, school principal and teachers need community support to maintain discipline.

“We told a nearby shop owner to stop selling cigarettes to pupils,” said Mngweba.

Thuntulwana called the school to have enforce strict rules on pupils in order to discipline them.

Thunulwana said that they were told about thugs who are stealing valuable items, bringing the school into disrepute.

Police also recently confirmed a case of house-breaking and theft at the school on April 13 after colour copiers, five boxes of paint, a heater and extension cord was stolen from the school. Following the incident, school governing body member, Monde Nondabula, on April 20, called on community members and stakeholders to protect and own the school.

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