GRADE 11 FLOPS GO TO MATRIC FOR R200 monthly fee

Benson Ntlemo

Benson Ntlemo

Students who failed Grade 11 at different schools last year but were allowed to enrol for Grade 12 at Okani Private School in Malamulele, Limpopo, have accused the principal of "ruining their futures".

The 142 students have been told that they cannot write matric exams, but will be able to write Grade 11 exams.

They said they would not be able to do so because they have been doing Grade 12 lessons until now.

They claim that school principal Bernard Manganyi knew they would not be allowed to write Grade 12 but he allowed them to do the grade, charging them R200 a month each.

"We feel that Manganyi just wanted to take our money because recently his attitude changed and we were subjected to corporal punishment so that we would just go away," Osley Chauke said.

He said fellow students had sent their complaints about their plight to the education department but have not received any response.

Yesterday the students staged a sit-in at the school and demanded that the management solve their problems.

Manganyi said the school had two sections, one part time and the other full time.

He said the students were admitted to the school in the hope that the department might allow them to write as full-time students.

"But, to our dismay, the department found in its system that they had failed Grade 11 and there was nothing we could do," said Manganyi.

He said he had registered all the affected students for Grade 11 examinations and that some of them had accepted that reality.

Spokesman for the provincial department of education Ndo Mangala said they would investigate the matter but did not condone cheating.

"If they admit they did not pass Grade 11 then why did they cheat?" asked Mangala.