Desiree van der Walt MPL
DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Basic Education
The Democratic Alliance has reported a Limpopo principal to the South African Council of Educators for threatening learners with being barred from writing exams if they fail to pay R100 towards the school coffers.
Reports today indicate that this is currently the situation at Khomani Mbhalati High School near Giyani in Limpopo. During the exam period, tensions run very high and the last thing students expect, or need to deal with, are scare tactics from educators.
Punitive measures need to be taken immediately against the principal of that school if necessary.
During exam periods, learners must be given all necessary support, both by their parents and from within their schools.
The Education Department must take the ultimate blame for not ensuring that the schools received their norms-and-standards funding on time. However, this in no way justifies educators threatening learners with preventing them from writing their exams due to school funds shortages.
The DA will monitor the situation on the ground to ensure that our learners experience an incident-free examination period. We also urge parents to ensure that the situation at home is conducive for studying.