Masiyile Senior Secondary School
SECURITY measures have been put in place at Khayelitsha’s Masiyile Senior Secondary School to protect teachers and pupils from young gangsters who continue to terrorise them.
Principal Winile Ntoyanto said their poor 32 percent matric pass rate was partly due to the terror inflicted by gangsters, some of them school dropouts who hang out in G-section, where the school is situated.
The school was the worst-performing high school in the township.
However, Ntoyanto insisted their low pass rate was due to “uncommitted pupils”.
“Yes, our pupils did fail dismally. The most failed subjects were mathematics and physical science, but it is not my fault.
“The pupils came to write the exams last year while under the influence of alcohol. That is the reason for their failure.”
But some pupils claim that teachers sometimes did not turn up for lessons themselves.
A former matric pupil at the school, who identified himself only as Akhona from Site C, said days would pass without one of the teachers coming to class and the principal knew what was going on.
On Wednesday a few teachers had to abandon classes to attend to parents and pupils who complained about results, meaning dozens of pupils sat outside in the sun for hours.
Some parents who had come to enrol new pupils could only be seen when the school closed.
Although some pupils indicated they were excited about the new year and were willing to work hard, others said they couldn’t care less about school.
“I will bunk whenever I want to,” said one.
Ntoyanto said dropouts from the school ended up as gangsters who prowled outside the school, looking to cause trouble.
“But this time we are ready for them. They will not affect us.”