VERULAM SCHOOL BOYCOTTS PRINCIPAL SUSPENSION
By: Lindokuhle Simelane
Learning is due to resume this week in Lihlithemba Technical High School in Verulam, north of Durban, following weeks of unrest which resulted in 28 teachers filing for leave of absence.
The unrest is due to the suspension of the school’s principal, Nana Gcabashe, which was followed by a series of protests within the school.
One of the learners who chose not to be named due to fear said, “We want the principal back, because since her suspension teachers don’t teach us anymore, which is not fair since examination time is around the corner.”
The principal is being accused of mismanaging of funds and for asking for payment in a no fee school. However, Journalismiziko’s source revealed that in a meeting held earlier this year on the 23rd of January, parents agreed willingly to pay school fees for the daily maintenance of the school such as the security, cleaning and other necessities.
The head of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, Nkosinathi Sishi said, “If there was a consensus between the school and the parents, the school can raise necessary funds, however, it’s yet to be determined as to whether parents agreed to this.”
The principal will be given a chance to respond to these allegations this coming Thursday.