fire the whole lot!

PARENTS of pupils at Makhumbuza High School in Umlazi have demanded the removal of the principal, staff and all members of the school governing body.

PARENTS of pupils at Makhumbuza High School in Umlazi have demanded the removal of the principal, staff and all members of the school governing body.

The call was made at a meeting at the school yesterday in protest against delays in deciding the fate of five suspended teachers.

The the teachers are accused of having had sex with pupils on many occasions in the school lab in exchange for alcohol and money.

The five teachers were suspended after they were implicated by about 20 pupils.

The suspension followed a preliminary investigation conducted by the department of education, which found them guilty.

One of the teachers, the only one who had been arrested, is out on bail.

The parents demanded that every employee at the school should leave and that the department should send new teachers to the institution.

They said the sex scandal happened on the school premises and that there was no way no one was aware of it before it surfaced in April this year.

Though the meeting yesterday could not discuss all the issues on the agenda because some parents could not attend, the parents resolved to choose a new school governing body by next week Sunday.

They also blamed the governing body for failing to handle the matter even months after the scandal surfaced.

Parents spokesperson Sbu Chili said they had given the department of education and the school authorities enough time to address the matter, but nothing had been done to restore teaching and learning at the school

Chili said that was why parents had agreed to take a stand and sort out the mess once and for all.

"We are going to meet again on Sunday and by then we will have chosen new governing body members, people we believe will not let what happened at the school happen again.

"There is no way the principal, teachers and even a cleaner at the school or a security guard at the gate could all have remained unaware that teachers were sleeping with the children," said Chili.

Department of education spokesman Mbali Thusi said they would engage with the parents to listen to their concerns in a bid to reach common ground on the matter.

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