Matric pupils without teachers

2018-03-07 06:02

HAYTHORNE Secondary matric pupils have been left in the lurch having gone without an English teacher since the beginning of the year, and to make matters worse, are now without a maths literacy teacher since last Friday with no substitute teacher stepping in.

After attending a student governing body meeting last Thursday, and still seeing that the vacant posts had not been filled, Godwin Okafor, parent to a Grade 12 pupil, said that it was the last straw.

“I asked my son if they had got a new teacher for any post that was open and he said “no”.

That is when I decided to contact the media,” said Okafor.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, Okafor said he had been in contact with teachers at the school to query the problems.

He was told that the school had applied and appealed to the Department of Education for new teachers to fill the vacant positions; only for their complaints to have fallen on deaf ears.

He said that after speaking to the staff of Haythorne it was clear that the school could not afford to employ a teacher privately and that the Department of Education was their only option.

“We are desperate for a new teacher so that our children can be taught but the department [of Education] seems very relaxed because they have received our e-mails and calls yet no action has been taken from their side,” said a frustrated Okafor.

Okafor questioned the DoE’s empathy for the school and its learners asking, “how much can they care if they just leave children without a teacher?”

With the March control tests fast approaching, Okafor said that he was informed by his son that pupils are planning on boycotting these tests because they have not been taught and subsequently are not ready

“My son has told me that he has overheard his fellow pupils making plans to not write the tests,” said Okafor.

The Department of Education failed to respond to any calls and did not reply to a detailed e-mail from Maritzburg Fever questioning why the school had not filled the vacant posts.

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