Parents up in arms

2018-11-28 06:02
Parents of children at the Salvation Army Church Crèche demanding intervention against child neglect.Photo: Boipelo Mere

Parents of children at the Salvation Army Church Crèche demanding intervention against child neglect.Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Parents were up in arms, demanding the dismissal of the principal of the Salvation Army Church Crèche, Beatrice Masango, and accusing her of negligence and arrogance.

For the past two months, more and more parents have been remo­ving their children from the crèche because .The parents have started to pull their children out of the creche for the past two months their complaints have allegedly fallen on deaf ears.

Carrying posters stipulating their grievances, the parents confronted the crèche management on Tuesday, 20 November, to find out why they have to pay monthly fees while their children suffer.

The aim of their protest was to y wanted to engage management as to why it is that they pay monthly while the children suffer.

According to Anna Vis, a parent, her child has lately been coming home drowsy from hunger.

“Last week I saw that they were feeding the children watery macaroni for lunch,” she said.

She said the crèche committee is left in the dark as to the reason for the food shortages. management is not transparent to them as to what the situation is that leads to food shortages.

The parents further complained that whenever they try to engage with the principal, they are asked whether or not they are up to date with their monthly payments.

Another parent, Lynette van Wyk, said her child has recently started suffering from an upset stomach. Upon asking what her child has been eating at school, she was informed that updates on the menu was informed thatthe children are fed soya mince every day.

“The principal denied this, and said they stick to the menu they provided to us at the beginning of the year. However, when I showed up at the crèche unannounced, I found the children were eating bread and watery eggs mixed with onions. But when we skip one payment, they make the children stay at home until we pay,” she said.

At the beginning of the year, altogether 70 children attended the crèche, with two teachers. consists of 70 children during the beginning of the year, with two teachers.

Since then, one of the teachers has been suspended, allegedly for leaking information to the parents.

The teacher is reportedly undergoing a disciplinary hearing on the day of measures for being transparent with the parents about their children’s treatment.

On the day of the protest, the crèche management refused to talk to the media on the details of the hearing and the parents’ concerns.

They did promise, however, to engage with the parents on Monday (03/12).

The parents said they have reported their concerns to the Department of Social Development, but have not yet seen any results.

  • By the time Express Northern Cape went to print, the department admitted to having knowledge of the matter and said they are compiling an updated response.
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