Masiy­ile Se­nior Secondary School

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - VUYO MABANDLA

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.”

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