SUR­ROUND­ING COM­MU­NITY AWARE, WATCHES HELPLESSLY

Observer on Saturday - - News -

Food ven­dors who sell to pupils from across the road are also ex­posed to the un­for­tu­nate or­deal faced by the learn­ers but are help­less and afraid to in­ter­vene be­cause their busi­ness is at the mercy of the school com­mu­nity.

Ob­server on Satur­day did not have dif­fi­culty in prov­ing first­hand the odi­ous ex­pe­ri­ences meted by the se­cu­rity per­son­nel.

The first per­son in­ter­viewed by the Ob­server on Satur­day team con­firmed knowl­edge of the story and sounded sur­prised that the me­dia could take so long to re­port on it.

One el­derly res­i­dent of Dvokol­wako con­firmed the dif­fer­ent ac­counts, claim­ing she had been get­ting the said news from her grand­chil­dren.

“I don’t have chil­dren at the school but my grand­chil­dren have been telling me about the un­be­com­ing be­hav­iour of the se­cu­rity per­son­nel at the school. Un­for­tu­nately we have a school com­mit­tee that never wants to re­lin­quish their po­si­tion at the school. When you dare re­port the is­sue, you are set­ting your child against the school as they re­port you to the ad­min­is­tra­tion. I can’t risk hard­ships to my grand­chil­dren, they will be vic­timised to an ex­tent of be­ing failed and re­peat classes”.

Another woman who was also asked dis­closed knowl­edge of first­hand in­for­ma­tion said: “I ended up tak­ing my daugh­ter to another school. I couldn’t bare the pain of my daugh­ter be­ing touched by an old man and whose mis­deeds are in turn pro­tected by the school.

Is­sues

The school must have a new school com­mit­tee, maybe is­sues of the learn­ers will be dealt with, with ur­gency be­cause this school com­mit­tee is now look­ing at their own man­date not that of par­ents.”

Sibandze con­firmed that the com­mit­tee was now in of­fice il­le­gally.

“We failed to elect a new school com­mit­tee as our last meet­ing did not form a quo­rum. How­ever, we will be elect­ing a new school com­mit­tee in the com­ing weeks as we have no­ti­fied par­ents of the pend­ing school com­mit­tee elec­tion”.

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