Concern over mass exodus of teachers
MANY pupils at a school in Limpopo are not being taught several subjects because there are no teachers to teach them.
Pupils in Grades 8, 10, 11 and 12 at the Manoe Secondary School in GaKobe village in Senwabarwana are not getting lessons in English, mathematics, life orientation, geography and life sciences because teachers have left and have not been replaced, parents have said.
The school confirmed the shortage of teachers in these subjects.
Four teachers have left the school in the past year, allegedly because of differences with principal Aubrey Molokomme. The teachers have been deployed to other schools.
Daniel Maifo, a parent whose son attends the school, said he was concerned about the mass exodus of teachers at the school.
"Of grave concern is that our children are left to suffer while the teachers who have left the school are not being replaced. The situation will lead to a high failure rate because our children will lag behind in terms of their syllabus," said Maifo.
He called on the provincial department of education to act speedily to replace the teachers at the school "before it's too late".
Molokomme said the reason for the teachers' departures were that they got posts nearer to their homes. He said a process was under way to replace the teachers.
Provincial department of education spokesman Pat Kgomo said as far as they were concerned there were enough teachers at the school, but they would investigate the parents' allegations.