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School set to fail before year begins

By unknown | Jan 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The high failure rate at the troubled Nakedi High School in has forced many parents to withdraw their children from the school.

Sowetan witnessed this during a visit to the school at De Vrede village, outside Polokwane, yesterday.

Contrary to allegations that were directed at the school's principal, Samuel Setwaba, whom parents of the pupils accused of incompetency, there was a high level of ill-discipline among pupils.

Teachers have also been accused of not taking their jobs seriously by failing to teach the pupils.

The school is faced with a mass exodus by pupils as parents seem determined to register them at schools at neighbouring villages.

The parents had accused Setwaba of not having the interests of the school at heart, but our visit seemed to suggest otherwise.

Only a handful of the pupils had reported for school on Day One yesterday.

Some of the pupils went to school without wearing uniforms. Some of those who wore school uniforms did not bother to attend classes.

It was also evident that some of the pupils were feeding their parents wrong information, thereby giving their parents the impression that school authorities (teachers and the principal) were not doing their work.

Most of the parents who came to the school yesterday to collect their children's reports had also come to demand transfer letters.

Some of the teachers said it was a norm for pupils not to attend lessons and rather sit outside during school hours.

"Our situation here is very abnormal. While we always come here [to school] to teach the pupils, we face challenges whereby they do not reciprocate," said one teacher who did not wish to be named.

She said it would be better for her to look for a job elsewhere than to continue working at a school where pupils were more interested in politics than that which is important to them - education.

Spokesman for the Limpopo education department Ndo Mangala said the allegations would be investigated.

Meanwhile, Alex Matlala reports that learning at other schools in Limpopo started in earnest yesterday.

Premier Sello Moloto, accompanied by education MEC Aaron Motsoaledi and circuit managers, paid visits to a number of schools.

Motsoaledi said his department had plans in place to address the shortage of classrooms in rural and urban areas.


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