Pupils sent home over R20 farewell party payment

2016-04-27 06:00
PHOTO: nqobile mtolo Siyahlomula High School pupils were forced to home, missing out on lessons.

PHOTO: nqobile mtolo Siyahlomula High School pupils were forced to home, missing out on lessons.

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ABOUT 50 Siyahlomula High School pupils in Ashdown were sent home last Tuesday after they failed to pay R20, which the school apparently requested from each pupil for a farewell party for a teacher.

According to the pupils the farewell party is due to take place today at the school.

The suspended pupils are believed to be from two Grade 11 classes.

One of the pupils, who did not their name divulged for fear of victimisation by teachers, said what the school did was against the Constitution.

“We are children, we are pupils and we do not have money. Most of our parents are not working and they do not have money. I asked my mother if she could give me R20 and she said she did not have money. I hardly carry lunch money to school, not even R1, but the school expected each pupil to pay R20 for a farewell party.

“Two teachers came to our class and said that by not paying means we do not appreciate what the school does for us. However, we are now back at school - it’s as though nothing ever happened.

“We missed out on classes because of them. Half of the pupils in my class did not pay,” said the distraught pupil.

KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education spokesperson Sihle Mlotshwa said that they are against pupils being forced to pay and said they will investigate the situation at Siyahlomula High School to get to the bottom of it.

“As a department we condemn this in the strongest possible terms, It is totally against policy to force pupils to pay, even worse for a farewell party for a teacher.

“We are going to ask the district to investigate this and take appropriate action,” he said.

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