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By Sne Masuku | Aug 31, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

PARENTS of children at the Makhumbuza High School dubbed the Umlazi institution the "school of shame" after a sex scandal involving teachers and pupils threatened to close down the school.

The parents want the department to intervene more to ensure that children get good marks at the end of the year.

The school has made headlines since April when allegations surfaced about teachers who were sleeping with pupils at the school's laboratory.

It is alleged that the teachers had sex with pupils on many occasions in exchange for money and alcohol.

It is believed that the teachers paid each child R100 in exchange for sex.

The parents said little had been done by the department to assist and prepare pupils, especially the Grade 12s, for the coming exams.

Though the department had deployed teachers from outside the school to hold extra maths and science classes during weekdays after school, parents are demanding that priority be given to all subjects.

Parents spokesperson Sbu Chili said a lot of revision was needed.

"It is not enough that there are outside teachers teaching maths and science after school hours.

"Pupils need to pass more than two subjects.

"If our children do not produce good marks at the end of this year there won't be a need for the school to re-open next year.

"We'll be forced as parents to close down the school," said Chili.

Another parent said that counsellors, investigators and police have been in and out of the school compiling information in an attempt to solve the matter.

Several counselling sessions have taken place during school hours and the parents feel that this compromised teaching and learning time.

Pupils were upbeat with the extra lessons provided by outside teachers, saying the sessions were really helping.

They said there was often too much tension in the classroom when taught by their own teachers.

"A lot has happened here," said a pupil who declined to be named.

"There has been intimidation and victimisation caused by the fact that there are teachers and pupils who blame the victims for what happened."

"I really get to relax and concentrate more in the extra classes."


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