Learners at Matsebe high school were merged to nearby schools in the Lobethal circuit because the number of learners does not meet the national norm and standard.
The school had three educators including the principal and one of them was off due to maternity leave.
Merging of small and nonviable schools is lawful in terms of section 12A of the South African School Act, and that because Matsebe only had 67 pupils as opposed to the minimum of 200, it could lawfully be merged for education viability.
In February, matric learners from enrolled school were taken Rantobeng School to attend their seminars there. Parents didn’t see it coming until the entire pupils were enrolled to Modipadi secondary school recently.
Parents are accusing the principal and circuit manager of being rude and want the school reopened. Parents said leaners were transferred illegally because they were not consulted. During the week, mobilised guardians took to Modipadi to take learners forcefully but they failed to get away with it.
On their arrival at Modipadi they ordered educators to bring back their children but they were told to take them with assurance that no teacher would be available to teach them.
“Principal judges us,” said a parent who has two children at the school.
Members of the School Governing Body (SGB) are accusing the principal of failing to negotiate with them and take their opinion seriously on the running of the school, and branding them “illiterate”
Meanwhile some of the parents described protesting parents as “very unfortunate as it has affected the learners directly”. “We don’t want our school to shut down. We want our children back to their school. Matsebe is their home,” said frustrated parent.
Some of the learners accuse their principal of fraud saying they once won laptops at a competition but they never received them, satiating that the principal only showed them laptop bags.
A reliable source told Sekhukhune times that the department want to turn Matsebe’s building into circuit.