Correctional Services spokesman Manelisi Wolela has denied allegations that student leader Mcebo Dla.
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Only one out of 15 teachers at DD Dliwayo Senior Primary School in Orlando East, Soweto, is said to be qualified to teach.
Two teachers who spoke to Sowetan on condition of anonymity confirmed that they were not qualified.
Two weeks ago Sowetan published a story in which teachers alleged that they had not been paid for the past four months.
Sowetan can today reveal that the Gauteng department of education served the school with a letter instructing them to close.
Department spokesman Nanagolo Leopeng said: "The department served the school with a letter instructing them to close in 2006. Another letter was also sent to the district, requesting it to follow the matter and ensure that the school does not operate under the auspices of the Gauteng department of education.
"The district can open a criminal case against the school for operating illegally. This would be a police matter. The department does not employ unqualified educators as the policy is clear that all educators must produce a SA Council for Educators certificate before they can be employed by any institution."
The school has been operating for more than 10 years and also has a branch in Protea Glen, Soweto, and another in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni. There are 185 children enrolled in grades 0 to 5 in Vosloorus. The Protea Glen school has 130 pupils. The Orlando branch will close at the end of the year and the children will be accommodated in Protea Glen next year.
One of the teachers, Hilda Kubheka, said: "Only one teacher who is from Zimbabwe is qualified; the rest of us are not," she said.
Another teacher, Sarah Mabasa, said she did not have a teaching degree but had a diploma in cost and accounting management.
When Sowetan called the school we were informed that school representative, Manzini Masoga, and the school owner were not available.