Thursday, April 22, 2010

Schools and education will determine the future.

Intervening in discipline issues, audits to see where schools income come from, claiming schools have to many luxuries, and then using the “racism” card when the courts do not agree with you?

“….former Model C schools’ behavior was a national issue…” What exactly does this mean?

The future of South Africa is its children, and the education they get.

Rather than having (former) model C schools comply and confirm to lower standards, all schools should be encouraged to comply and confirm to the higher standards of the (former) model C schools.

Or, as an afterthought, do the “officials” want the perceived riches and luxuries of these schools for themselves?

Model C schools under fire


ALL former Model C schools are to be audited to see where their income comes from because, according to one official, they seem to have too many luxuries.

The provincial Department of Education decided on the crackdown following claims of run-ins and refusals to comply with department policies.

The principal of one top school is to be charged with insubordination.

In a heated meeting in the Bhisho Legislature yesterday, Professor Harry Nengwekhulu, the acting superintendent-general, and portfolio committee chairman Mzoleli Mrara delivered a scathing attack on the schools and slated their refusal to “comply and conform”.
“We’ve already started engaging schools around this issue,” Nengwekhulu told the portfolio committee meeting.

Nengwekhulu said the former Model C schools’ behaviour was a national issue, which he had started addressing in the province.
Mrara told the committee and department officials that former Model C schools were often “racist” and used courts to get their way with the department.

In the past few years, at least three of the schools – George Randell Primary, Queen’s College and Queenstown Girls’ High – had taken the department to court following issues regarding expulsion and enrolment.
“You should get Model C schools to comply and conform to policies,” he told Nengwekhulu.
Nengwekhulu then announced the audit.
Afterwards, another official, discussing overheads at former Model C schools, said they seemed to have too many luxuries.
According to Nengwekhulu, schools across the country were known to rent out flats or houses attached to the school, earning at times an additional R66000 a month.
Citing examples of former Model C schools’ disregard of policy, Nengwekhulu said:
• They refused to have an HIV/Aids advocacy campaign; and
• How, when he tried to intervene in a discipline issue at a top Queenstown school, the headmaster slammed the phone down and sent the school lawyer after him.
“There are huge problems at (former) Model C schools. The principal became very aggressive to me; even if he did not know who I was, he shouldn’t have dropped the phone.”
Nengwekhulu added that the principal in question was on a collision course with the department as he faced charges of insubordination.
Yesterday, some of the schools shrugged off the department’s allegations while one labelled them as “reckless”.
Queen’s College principal Chris Harker, who admitted hanging up on Nengwekhulu, said they would be happy to be audited as they had nothing to hide. He disputed that his school was not following policies, and declined further comment.
Hudson Park High School principal Roy Hewett said they would wait for specific instructions from the department regarding the audit. “School finances are handled by the school governing body and therefore would be dealt with by the SGB,” said Hewett, but the school complied with the department’s requirements.
Another former Model C school principal, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisal, said: “They are targeting our schools because we are at least the only schools that are correctly functioning.” The principal said schools could not ignore policies because they all operated according to the department’s guidelines, including those on financing. He welcomed audits as they had nothing to hide.
Clarendon Girls’ High School principal Owen Nel said: “We go out of our way to comply with the department’s guidelines.”

2 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

chools will always be a point of friction when you have different races with different intelligences at the same schools.

Anonymous said...

Go Chris Harker. Taught me maths and coached rugby some 20-odd years ago at Queens College. Good School. I think he is right to stand up to the department. They are useless, finance draining thugs that add NOTHING to education in this country. Slash the department instead. There will be less exam paper fraud, less corruption, and educators can get on with the job of educating.

Oh... Silly me. They are Marxist Scum and want to control every aspect of peoples lives from the cradle to the grave fo' evah! or at least until Jesus comes.

The department is more worried about propaganda and ideology when it should be worried about the PATHETIC level of Matric and the even more PATHETIC pass rates.