Parents interrupt school

2016-02-24 06:00
LEARNERS of the Pheta Intermediate School had to go home after angry parents had ordered them to vacate classrooms. The police was called to help get the tense situation under control.

LEARNERS of the Pheta Intermediate School had to go home after angry parents had ordered them to vacate classrooms. The police was called to help get the tense situation under control.

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MOEDING. – Classes were interrupted on Tuesday, 16 February, at the troubled Pheta Intermediate School in Moeding, Qwaqwa, when fuming parents kicked the learners out of classes during school hours to get the school management’s attention.

Apparently, this came after the parents had been informed that one of the teachers, Hanyane Mofokeng, was leaving the school. They were informed that the principal, Yvonne Tladi, was allegedly responsible for the Mofokeng matter.

It is alleged that the teachers invaded the school hall on Monday, 15 February, during a parents’ meeting and told the parents that one of the teachers was leaving. The parents got angry and demanded answers from the school management.

Apparently, the parents returned on Tuesday to check if Mofokeng was at the school and discovered that he was not.

They started to show their frustration by ordering the learners to leave the classrooms before they demanded the school management governance developer (SMGD) to come and address them. They were told that the SMGD would be with them the next day, Wednesday (17/02), to respond to their questions.

The situation at the school is tense, as some of the teachers and the principal are not seeing eye-to-eye. The problems started last year after the appointment of the new principal. It went as far as the parents calling for the principal’s head.

On Wednesday, Thabo Setai of the SMGD told parents that the principal was not responsible for the redeployment of Mofo­keng – the Free State Department of Education was.

“Every year the department checks the number of the learners at the school and recommends the number of teachers.

“Unfortunately, we have been affected because of the declining number of our learners. If the number of learners go down, teachers will be redeployed,” he said.

Setai said there was no way that the principal could have axed the teacher out of the school.

“Unfortunately, at times you will be faced with the challenge where you have to lose a teacher who is close to your heart,” he said.

Masipho Moloi, one of the parents, told the SMGD that they were concerned about their school which had lost its dignity since the new principal had arrived. She said the school had turned into a laughing stock because of poor management.

She asked if they had the right to recommend the firing of the principal.

“No, you don’t have the right. You should remember that she has a contract with the Department of Education,” he responded.

Setai has pleaded with the parents not to stop the school from going on.

“The problem in this school should be solved and I take it upon myself to see to that,” he said.

The parents are afraid the same thing will happen to Phetsa, the only school they are left with following the closing of Seroali Secondary, which was closed years back because the number of learners were not enough. However, Setai told the parents that he was not willing to lose the school.

“I will make sure that an investigation is done here regarding finances. If a teacher does his or her job, why do the parents come to school as angry as they do? These conflicts affect the school,” he said.

He concluded by urging the teachers not to use the parents to push their agendas.

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