Official 'disgusted' by state of school

2010-12-01 08:13

East London - The Eastern Cape's new education boss has virtually shut down a school for pupils with disabilities and moved to suspend almost all the school’s teachers, the Daily Dispatch reported on Wednesday.

Superintendent-General advocate Modidima Mannya was "so disgusted" with the state of the Vukuhambe Special School that he immediately placed it in the hands of the district office.

"What is at that school is not for humans. It is one thing to have broken toilets but another to have toilets in that state. We give them a budget and something is just not right there," said Mannya who went to the school on Saturday after media reports and pictures showing filthy toilets, grubby baths and broken showers in the state-run institution.

Representatives from the Human Rights Commission, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) and Disabled People of South Africa also visited the school.

CGE legal officer Kerry Oosthuysen said the three bodies would deliver their report to the Mdantsane education district office this week.

'Cruel punishment'

A furious Mannya said he was "disgusted" that the department had permitted the school to function in such a state.

He said he would order a forensic investigation into its finances as the department invested R1.5m in the school.

Mannya said allowing pupils to stay at the school was "cruel punishment", and he did not understand how an education development officer who claimed to have visited the school weekly could overlook the conditions.

Education spokesperson Loyiso Pulumani said the principal, Kenny Mjila, was suspended "on the spot" on Saturday.

"All teachers were asked to report to the district office to be served with precautionary letters."

  • Allin - 2010-12-01 08:30

    TIA (This Is Africa) VIVA!!!!!!

      Vince - 2010-12-01 16:43

      After colonial Europe helped themselves to live a "First-World" existence!

  • Carolyn - 2010-12-01 08:43

    Did they suspend him on full salary, like they do to the rest of them' Poor kids I feel very sorry for them.

  • Stryder - 2010-12-01 08:59

    Heartsore to see how people treat their own children of their community

  • pwhanekom - 2010-12-01 09:05

    So what's happening to the kids in the mean while? they usally need special care?

  • Goose - 2010-12-01 09:09

    It's in the gene's.....

      dictator - 2010-12-01 09:23

      Spot on!

      LGVS - 2010-12-01 12:01

      STEM SAAM!!!!

      Vince - 2010-12-01 16:46

      Racism is an attitude - not biological.

  • Bernd - 2010-12-01 09:26

    Its their culture

      erneyb - 2010-12-01 10:17

      Come on Bernd, critisize, but leave the racist, laager mentality out of it. If you're not ashamed of your statement, then I challenge you to put a picture of you next to your username. Suppose you're too much of a coward ?

      Vaal Donkie - 2010-12-01 12:01

      The available evidence shows that Bernd is on to something.

      LGVS - 2010-12-01 12:02

      Filthy culture.

      Francois - 2010-12-01 12:08

      @erneyb what racism.....your comment show a clear culture of using the race card.

      U1 - 2010-12-01 13:17

      erney and your point is? Laager mentality, coward? Where does this come from? If you can't make a comment on the topic, dont comment. Who appointed the principle and who had to check him? They are the ones who should be fired with the priciple. Unfortunately africa doesn't know about taking reponsibility. If the principle had some reponsibility of feeling for his people, he would not have allowed the situation to end up like it did. Obviously he doesn't feel anything.

  • Valkerie - 2010-12-01 09:28

    Well done to Sup Mannya for making a good start on this fiasco. This is a catch-22 situation for the children though: can't go to school, and possibly can't have their needs met at home. Let's all hope for a solution in the near future.

  • Thea - 2010-12-01 09:32

    THEA ; suspend them all without pay and use that money to put the children in proper care temporaly while fixing the shool.. No work no pay. And the poor children are suffering..especially these children with disabilitis. They should be special. Fire the education development officer too

      Vince - 2010-12-01 16:51

      I would agree with that - but then I would say the same should have been done after 1989 with Whites in SA. Let them go without resources while we rebuild South-Africa for the previously and criminally marginalised communities!

  • yolanda.bezuidenhoutfraser - 2010-12-01 09:34

    Go see what cars they drive... and how much they've spend on a year end function... then they will know where the money went too... wonder what they fed those kids? Do they think because the kids is disabled that they do not need to be treated humane?? What is this country going too... the dogs it seems... it for your own pocket only not for what it was intended!

  • vmeiring - 2010-12-01 09:37

    Pretty sure all teachers are suspended with full salary and benefits. Why can't the private sector have these benefits?

  • Penny - 2010-12-01 09:53

    why the surprise at the state of the school, this is a repeat offence throughtout the country. Cleaning staff, scrubbing brushes, cleaning products and toilet brushes are always missing from the shopping list when it comes to government departments and facilities. Toilets and baths do not clean themselves and peering into them is'nt going to get them clean.Supervision and daily cleaning is required not sitting on fat arses and scatching heads and picking noses!!!

  • Kaapie - 2010-12-01 09:58

    Fire the incompetant fools!

  • patrickdvn8 - 2010-12-01 10:10

    Some of these comments are very strange ,its in 'their genes,culture etc' and yet you choose to live and breed amongst us.It must be so sad for you,shame man !!!!

      Vince - 2010-12-01 16:59

      These people have no shame patricdvn8! They hold up mirrors for others to look into; but themselves are unwilling to reflect on their own Narcissism!

  • Picasso - 2010-12-01 10:19

    Clearly it is not an calling any more to become a teacher, it is all about money now a days.

      LGVS - 2010-12-01 12:07

      @Picasso I’ll show you my salary slip. You’ll probably laugh at it. I’m a teacher and proud of my occupation, but to most people in my occupation it is the the following saying that counts: IF YOU PAY PEANUTS, YOU GET MONKEYS!!!

      kbsummit - 2010-12-01 14:27

      LGVS Being paid peanuts or not is not an excuse to leave the school in the state it has been found or to neglect the children in their care. Nobody has been forced to be a teacher so if the pay is so bad go and find another job!!!!The state system has failed miserably in many rural areas where unfortunately many of these so called teachers are not properly qualified and able to function as they should. While the Principal of the school was even less skilled, the National Department of Education has to ensure appropriate measures are in place for school and staff evaluation and the setting of norms and standards

  • Vaal Donkie - 2010-12-01 12:00

    So, now the school's closed. What happens to the pupils?

      pointblankza - 2010-12-01 14:14

      Does anyone commenting look like they know? Judging from the comments I'd say most of you need to go to special schools.

      ryanbrew - 2010-12-01 14:40

      Couldnt agree with you more Pointblankza

  • idgara - 2010-12-01 12:44

    The R1.5m went to all the people in the department first so none of it made it to the school! By the way, whats up with his title? Superintendent-general? What the hell does that mean. Maybe the R1.5m went to him cos with a title like that you surely get a very nice pay cheque!

      ryanbrew - 2010-12-01 14:38

      Ummm Idgara - this is not a new term - it has been used for ages for the education department, in fact it was a title/position used under the "old" apartheid system. It is not a new title given to get a "fat" salary. Each school district has a superintendent, and those superintendents have a general superintendent that oversees them and their work i.e they report to him. Much like supervisors in the workplace have managers that oversee them. Get your facts before you make stupid commments!!! A superintendent general is someone who directs the work on a number of sites with those superintendents (of the various sites) reporting to him.

      cpesau - 2010-12-03 05:18

      @idgara... I am also surprised at the continued use of this antiquated term from the old regime... @ryanbrew. District heads have long been called Directors and the Superintendent simply the Head of Department in other Provinces... What's up here?

  • hrhbeatrix - 2010-12-01 14:11

    The scary thing is that for every school like this we know of there are nine that we don't know of.

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