Independent Online

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterView weather by locationView market indicators

Soweto high school cancels Grade 9

Class window at Fontanus Comprehensive School in Soweto are so badly broken that students are using A4 pages to cover it but with the rain on the first day of school the exercise is pointless. Picture: Timothy Bernard 14.01.2015

Class window at Fontanus Comprehensive School in Soweto are so badly broken that students are using A4 pages to cover it but with the rain on the first day of school the exercise is pointless. Picture: Timothy Bernard 14.01.2015

Published Jan 15, 2015

Share

Johannesburg - “Attention: Parents. There is no Grade 9 at this school for 2015.”

This was the message posted on a pillar outside Fontanus Comprehensive Secondary School in Emndeni, Soweto.

Story continues below Advertisement

The school has broken windows, roof damage, and some classrooms without desks and blackboards.

The first day of class saw only a little more than half the school population in attendance, according to a teacher.

The school appears to be in a state of chaos as teachers, who have been ordered by administrators not to speak to the media, told The Star the school had not had a principal in years.

“There is a new acting principal every few weeks,” said a member of staff, who could not speak on the record because of the gag order.

As the school continues to flounder, the matric pass rate sank to 37 percent last year.

Pupils blame the teachers.

Story continues below Advertisement

One of the pupils, Mandla Baloyi, arrived at the school on Wednesday morning to ask for a transfer from what he said was a “useless” school.

The Grade 11 pupil said teachers were “too playful”, sometimes choosing to do their jobs, and other days not coming in.

Teachers blame the pupils and a lack of resources.

Story continues below Advertisement

The matrics of 2013, in particular, were pointed out as a troublesome group who often harassed teachers and damaged school property.

The teachers say the dilapidated state of the school has not helped matters.

However, no one at the school was willing or able to explain the notice that said the entire Grade 9 class had been phased out for the year.

Story continues below Advertisement

Congress of South African Students regional chairman for Joburg, Tebogo Magafane, visited the school on Wednesday morning and was shocked by its condition. He said his organisation was focused on Fontanus to help instil discipline among teachers and pupils.

He said that from what he had learnt, the parents of the pupils were apathetic about their children’s education.

Magafane promised weekly programmes and a rally later this month to help the school.

The Department of Education failed to respond to queries at the time of publication.

[email protected]

The Star

Related Topics:

Share