Anarchy looming at Dumabezwe High as uncaring ANC leaves school leaderless

Democratic Alliance media statement by Dr Rishigen Viranna, MPL

DA spokesperson on Education

Anarchy looming at Dumabezwe High as uncaring ANC leaves school leaderless

 

An oversight inspection by the Democratic Alliance at Bulwer’s Dumabezwe High School last week has revealed a facility on the verge of anarchy as a result of severe administrative mismanagement by the KZN Department of Education (DoE).

According to School Governing Body members and staff, the school has been without a Principal for a year and has had no Deputy for two years. The DA’s inspection also revealed that three teachers, who are on the school’s payroll, are in fact teaching at surrounding schools while Dumabezwe has a critical shortage of Life Sciences, Geography and isiZulu teachers.

The DA is extremely disturbed by this situation which includes claims by school officials that both the circuit and district manager simply do not care and are the source of many of the schools problems. These include:

  • An unsafe school environment for both staff and learners
  • An upsurge in the use of drugs at the school
  • Discipline issues among both learners and teachers
  • Staff and learner absenteeism and late coming with no consequences
  • A disastrous National Schools Nutrition Programme (NSNP) which has seen food run out or learners being given off and expired food and
  • No access to much-needed learner transport.

During the DA’s inspection, the SGB confirmed that it had interviewed for and selected a candidate for the Deputy post but that it is yet to get feedback from the DoE despite having written to them five times. Members also claim that the appointment is being held up after the local circuit manager lodged a grievance on the basis that their chosen candidate was not a SADTU member. If true this is simply despicable.

The DA will today write to KZN Education MEC, Mthandeni Dlungwane. We will call on him to:

  • Fill both the posts of Principal and Deputy without fear of favour
  • Launch an immediate probe into the serious claims against both the circuit and district managers
  • Ensure that the SGB, elected this year, is given mandatory training and access to funds so that much-needed maintenance can be done

The DA will also write to KZN’s provincial Education portfolio committee chairperson, Linda Hlongwa-Madlala to call for a full departmental report into the ongoing delays regarding the appointment of a school leadership as well as an explanation for the three teachers who are paid to teach at Dumabezwe High yet do not.

While the ANC and SADTU continue to play politics with learners futures, the DA remains committed to fighting for young peoples’ right to a quality education so that they too can experience a future with opportunity.

 

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