Parents claim school is victimising pupils

2019-10-23 06:00

“THE school is bullying our children by withholding enrolment forms for next year. The pupils are sliding into depression ahead of their exams.”

These were the words of angry parents of pupils from Greytown High School who accused the management of the school of bullying their children.

Parents told the Gazette that the school didn’t give re-registration forms to pupils who are thought to be “troublesome”. However, parents said the management of the school never informed them about alleged misbehaviour of their children.

The parents also claim that some teachers insult pupils in full view of others. Some of the parents who approached the Gazette for help claimed to have reported the matter to school management before but they say nothing was done.

The parents ,who wished to remain anonymous for fear of their children’s victimisation at the school, demanded answers from the school governing body and the principal.

“As parents we have received constant reports that our children are not being taught in the English medium. When pupils [ask] the teachers to teach the subjects in English they simply get told: ‘if you do not understand me then you should not be at this school’ or ‘I don’t know how to explain it in English’.

“If Greytown High School is an English medium school, should the teachers not be able to teach in English? Or do our children have to play a guessing game about what was actually taught in the lessons?

“This [issue] has been reported by the pupils as well as parents [at the school] but nothing has been done to rectify it.”

Parents claim that teachers at the school constantly pick on children by calling them names in front of other pupils.

“At one point, because our child could not understand the work being explained, they were called stupid. This demoralises a child to the point that they lack self esteem and constantly do badly in their school work because they are being called stupid at school.

“Teachers are there to teach and if a pupil does not understand [the work] it is up to the teacher to make sure they assist the child and not to just simply call them stupid.

“As parents we would like to know what is going to be done about all these issues.

“We would like our children to have a good education in order for them to achieve their goals in life and we feel this [need] is not being met by the school.”

Another parent accused the school of withholding re-registration forms for her sons.

“My sons have been given their forms but told they will be reviewed. I, however, am standing by those parents who still haven’t received help as yet because they have not been given any reason as yet. This is placing these parents and children under tremendous stress.

“As a concerned parent, I support them fully. Some of these children are sliding into depression so close to exams. It’s totally unfair and, according to the Department of Education, the school has no right to deny any child access to the school.”

Greytown Gazette contacted the school for comment however the principal could not be reached and did not respond to questions sent via e-mail.

The Gazette is in possession of a letter that the school sent to parents explaining the reasons for the withholding of admission forms from pupils.

The letter reads: “We wish to advise you that re-registration forms were withheld from [pupils] for repeated minor transgressions and repeated serious transgressions.

“The decision to withhold re-registration forms was taken in conjunction with the [School Governing Body] to discuss the problems with the pupil and his/her parent.”

In response to queries, Sihle Mlotshwa, the spokesperson for the KZN Department of Education, said: “These are serious allegations. We will forward this to the district so that they can give us a report. The circuit manager is attending to this matter. Victimisation of any kind is against the law.”

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