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By Michael Sakuneka | Jan 19, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

PARENTS of pupils at a school in Limpopo are outraged after the school principal allegedly dismissed their children from school for failing matric.

The principal of Modipe High School in Mothomeng village in Bolobedu, Solly Mawila, reportedly ordered the pupils to leave the school because they were over age and to create space for the new Grade 12 pupils.

The parents said they feared their children's future would be bleak without matric.

The parents accused Mawila of acting like a dictator because he was fond of taking decisions without consulting other stakeholders.

They also accused the provincial education department of failing to tackle problems "for the whole of last year".

They warned that they would make the school ungovernable if the provincial department took a long time to deal with the present situation.

"The local circuit office of the department of education has been informed about the problem and we are still waiting for them to take action," said a concerned parent who did not wish to be named.

The principal had reportedly ordered more than a 100 pupils who failed matric last year to leave the school premises because "there is no more room for them".

Another parent claimed the pupils were dismissed from school because they were above 21 years old.

Spokesperson for the department Ndo Mangala said they were not aware of the problem but would investigate.


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