FS Education Department investigates school’s mismanagement

Spokesperson for the Free State Department of Education Howard Ndaba

The Free State Department of Education has launched investigations into the Bodibeng Primary School in Qwaqwa. This came after allegations that the school’s headmaster has been involved in mismanagement of the school’s infrastructural funds for sports.

According to the provincial spokesperson, Howard Ndaba, the school has been without a principal for the past three months pending investigations regarding her involvement. Ndaba, however, says the department has not yet expelled the principal.

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He said the School Governing Body (SGB) at the school has raised issues regarding the school’s mismanagement and has since prohibited the principal from entering the school’s premises.

“The SGB has raised issues it has with the principal since mobilised parents have prevented the principal from performing her duties. We have approached the SGB regarding the matter, because parents do not have the power to terminate the duties of the principal. That power solely lies with the Head of the Department,” said Ndaba.

Ndaba said at this stage the principal is illegally prevented from being at the school and performing her duties. Ndaba said preventing the headmaster from performing her duties has hampered the administration and management of the school.

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He says the department has thus far sent a legal team to engage with the school’s SGB. Ndaba says investigations into the matter continues to ensure that learning and teaching continues at the school.

Meanwhile, the School Governing Body’s chairman, Thabo Motaung, says the school is faced with a number of challenges besides financial constraints relating to the school’s sports infrastructure. He says they are hopeful that managerial challenges faced at the school will be resolved before the beginning of the 2017 academic year.

– Katleho Morapela