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THE KWAZULU-NATAL department of education is determined to rebuild the image of Umlazi's Makhumbuza High, south of Durban.
The school has been rocked by a sex scandal after 20 female pupils accused five teachers of engaging in sexual activities with them in exchange for cash and booze.
The department announced its plan "to revive the culture of teaching and learning" during a visit to the school yesterday.
Top department officials, led by MEC Senzo Mchunu, Umlazi district director Mlungisi Ntombela and Superintendent-General Cassius Lubisi, held meetings with parents, teachers and the school governing body in the laboratory where the alleged sexual exploits took place.
One of the accused teachers has already made two court appearances and is facing 17 sexual harassment charges, including one of rape.
Mchunu said the department was on track with its internal hearing into the sex scandal, saying they had appointed two legal firms to deal with the internal investigation.
"We want teachers and the community to allow the (disciplinary) process (to take its course). We trust there is going to be a way forward."
Mchunu said they had come to the school to see how teachers, pupils and the school governing body were "coping with their difficult situation".
"The situation should be normalised soon. We are pleased pupils are writing their exams."
Mchunu told pupils : "We ask you to protect each other and support each other."
Lubisi said a task team had been established to talk to pupils, parents and teachers about their needs. "This school was known for its music and cultural excellence. We want to rebuild its confidence."