Pensions used to keep school going

2012-07-25 13:02

Johannesburg - A Johannesburg school is struggling financially and has used staff pension monies to keep afloat, according to a report on Wednesday.

Sandringham High School allegedly deducted pension money but did not transfer to pension funds for four months, The Star newspaper reported.

School governing body chairman Wonderboy Peters confirmed the use of pension money to keep the school afloat.

Peters told the daily this was done due to the school's financial problems and that they needed to use the money to pay the salaries of teachers appointed by the school governing body.

According to the report, at least 12 staff members did not receive their salaries for July. They were informed last week that they would be retrenched.

The retrenched staff received "IOUs" instead of their pay cheques this month - a note which said they would be paid once the school "had enough money".

The school is reported to have been struggling financially since its principal Logan Naidoo was suspended in March on allegations of financial mismanagement.

Sandringham High School was once one of the top 500 schools in South Africa, The Star reported.

  • david.a.meyer.925 - 2012-07-25 13:14

    Wonderboy Peters....?

      isabel.w.stokes - 2012-07-25 13:26

      The name says it all...

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-07-25 13:40

      Stop buying those flashy BMW's Mercs etc and maybe cut back on a few parties or better yet, stop having so many wives that the state have to support and we will have plenty of money to support our schools in need of cash.

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-25 13:58

      makes u wonder

      blignault.michaele - 2012-07-25 14:19

      Well it looks as if the boy did wonder where the money was going to come from...poor teachers...I'd hate to paid via IOU

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-07-25 14:29

      Sandringham High School was once one of the top 500 schools in South Africa...That was before 1994 !!!!

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-25 14:38

      @ clifford.sithole.5 - Although I agree with you I am very surprised that that comment came from a black man...

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-07-25 15:07

      @ Bardy....I was brought up by a wonderful white family in Zimbabwe. I was forced to flee with them to South Africa...

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-25 15:13

      The gov is too worried about business paying there staff that they cant or dont know how to pay there staff. BUT I bet all the MP's get there wages on time or before the due date

      clinton.badenhorst - 2012-07-25 15:47

      @ clifford.sithole.5 - Thumbs up to you man!

      tooka.loosh - 2012-07-25 16:04

      Wonderboy Peters?, Logan Naidoo? Makes one wonder - who naid who :)

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-07-25 16:05

      @ Bardy.....But the way things are going I'll be forced to flee with them again.

  • fussed.anderson - 2012-07-25 13:16

    And so the rot keeps growing with an uneducated goverment

  • Henk - 2012-07-25 13:18

    WOnder if Wnonderboy knows that some people will wonder about where all the money has gone to! Wonder if BEE appointments had anything wonderful to do with this mess

  • henri.lombard - 2012-07-25 13:19

    thats not a joke being paid with a IOU !!! but sorry i laughed so loud at that, only in Africa.

      Erna - 2012-07-25 13:38

      Have you ever tried to pay your utilities with an IOU - it doesn't work!

  • sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-07-25 13:20

    This is a disgrace and still the government(dictors) do nothing

      samantha.5243 - 2012-07-25 14:34

      But yet they can afford to give the MEC's a 100 000.00 cc monthly!!!- sickening where their priorities are, and of course our esteemed pres says there is a lot of money going to education and nothing to worry about

  • PatrickLlewellynThomas - 2012-07-25 13:25

    Married to a teacher, I know first hand the Hard work and Dedication Teachers "can" have towards their pupils and school! Its a hard read for some that another "Once" top school see's the bottom of the log!My thoughts are with the teachers and students of this once proud institution.

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-07-25 14:06

      We salute most teacher except those those that strike just before or during matric finals

  • isabel.w.stokes - 2012-07-25 13:26

    All four of my children went there. It was a wonderful school, the head and deputy head were really on the ball. I moved my last child to private school as soon as the standards started to drop. Thank goodness I did! WHAT a tragedy!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-07-25 13:31

    Highly illegal and if the teachers were not aware of this an act of poor faith. What happens to these teachers if the school fails completely?

      bomb.technician.5 - 2012-07-25 14:26

      We should rather ask , "What happens to the pupils?"

  • Willie - 2012-07-25 13:33

    So Mr President told us that education is a priority so whats this

      isabel.w.stokes - 2012-07-25 13:50

      Collecting wives and making babies. Useless twat!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-25 14:28

      He also told us the failure to deliver text books to schools was Verwoed's fault.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-25 13:34

    I feel sorry for Peters, the teachers that received IOU's and the children. More education down the drain. More people without work. More families and children to go hungry due to allegations of financial mismanagement by its principal Logan Naidoo. The pension money wasn't paid over to the pension fund for 4 months, what about the months that it were paid over. The teachers and their families also need to pay accounts and eat.

      sharon.truebodyvice - 2012-07-25 14:13

      Pension was not paid for 4(four) months because wonder boy wondered into the cookie jar first before paying the teachers, took what was left of the money after Naidoo left, mismanagement could have been done by the ed dept and then blamed on Naidoo................thats another one to think about

      kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-07-25 14:58

      Not paying the money over to the pension fund is criminal offence. The man should be arrested.

  • carolannbaptista - 2012-07-25 13:37

    We need to get rid of the minister of education and appoint a person that is passionate about the education of our children.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-25 14:29

      Yes but there isn't such a person among the Cadres, so what now?

      phosa.peter2 - 2012-07-25 14:30

      You smoked something we can't pronounce in front of kids!!troll.

  • anthony.vanwijk.73 - 2012-07-25 13:42

    I went to Sandringham, and to see it like this..... WTF

      isabel.w.stokes - 2012-07-25 13:51

      I remember you, Anthony, and your Dad. It's really sad what's happening.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-07-25 13:44

    Whilst I understand that we live in Africa and that therefore things are done the African way, I still would like to ask the folowing: Is tis not illegal? As far as I know it is against international law to use peoples pension

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-25 14:44

      It is aginst the law to witheld these deductables.

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-07-25 14:10

    IOU's don't pay the bills, this school is in a very very rich neighbourhood, Where is the governing body?????SHow does this happen, who signs the cheques???????Surely when money is paid out two or more people authorise it.Where are the auditors????????

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-07-25 14:10

    IOU's don't pay the bills, this school is in a very very rich neighbourhood, Where is the governing body?????SHow does this happen, who signs the cheques???????Surely when money is paid out two or more people authorise it.Where are the auditors????????

      isabel.w.stokes - 2012-07-25 14:17

      Ingrid, it's not in a rich neighbourhood, and a lot of the pupils come from places like Alexandra. It's a middle-class suburb and by no means rich.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-25 14:54

      The previous headmaster wasted / stole money perhaps? He only left in March.

  • danie.frederick - 2012-07-25 14:35

    Teach is a real job. People employed as teachers have needs. They are not doing this job as a sign of charity to the community.Please pay them at least double interest rate and a huge bonus to compensate them fully as well as a day off for every day their salaries are late.

  • Gavin - 2012-07-25 14:43

    this is the ANC's national anthem - management by crisis.

  • Sipho Mabusela - 2012-07-25 14:45

    yes its fine weve seen the problem, wat z the solution now? has the paper allerted the education system 4 help or did they just underline another fault in the education system?

  • nicola.killops - 2012-07-25 14:45

    My sons Special Needs school for Autism has announced it has to shut doors due to lack of funding. They are not assisted by government in any way and relied heavily on lotto. (WE ALL KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THERE)It is a tragedy! such a beautiful, wonderful school and a loving nurturing environment for 35 autistic kids will be obliterated and government doesnt care. They supply 2 State schools for autism in Gauteng. Each takes 100 kids. 1 in 88 children will be diagnosed with autism. Do the maths.

  • scarette1 - 2012-07-25 14:58

    Whatever, they are using our pension money for SANRAL's debt payments. At least this is for the kids

  • Koos - 2012-07-25 15:49

    Can I pay the tax man with an IOU? I'll print it myself! - 2012-07-25 15:53

      Yeah good idea to do so - I would even go so far as to claim back the printing costs and postage when doing so...

  • lauryan.ritzlmayr - 2012-07-25 17:04

    I matriculated from Sandringham High in 1997 - it was a lovely school and the staff were dedicated to the students and the school. This is very very sad to see :(

  • mushumi - 2012-07-26 03:17

    The teachers who were not paid are school body (not government) appointed teachers (please let us read the story properly before commenting). As far as I know the government sent a team (headed by Gauteng education department head) to the school on Wednesday to investigate after learning of the situation at the school.

  • Thobile Lugwadu - 2012-07-26 09:36

    @Clifford sthole. They adopted you to raise as a pet. Not a human being,hence you are a confused coconut.

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