Pre-school staff in court over drowned pupil
Teacher up for ill treating pupil
AN APPLE VALLEY Pre-school head and a teacher have been arraigned for allegedly causing the drowning in a swimming pool of one of the pre-scholars.
Mr Thabiso Mathema, the owner, representing the Bulawayo school and the late Junior Ibanathi Mpofu’s teacher Ms Enert Phiri appeared before regional magistrate Mr Joseph Mabeza facing culpable homicide charges.
The boy allegedly left the classroom to go to the toilet and the school caretaker later found his body floating in the school’s swimming pool.
In their defence outline presented by their lawyer Miss Busisiwe Dube from Ndove, Museta and Partners the two claimed they did not act negligently as alleged by the State.
“The two did not fail to safeguard the life of the deceased pupil and his death was not foreseen under the circumstances. They took all necessary steps and measures to ensure that all scholars are safe including the boy who drowned,” said Miss Dube.
She said her clients would lead evidence that the swimming pool area was at all times kept secure.
“The deceased was in the care of his teacher with other children and it was not reasonably foreseeable that the boy would sneak out and gain access to the swimming pool on his own.”
Mr Mabeza remanded the two out of custody to September 17 for commencement of trial.
Prosecuting Mr Tinashe Dzipe alleges that on March 6 in 2013, the boy was under Ms Phiri’s care at the preschool which is in Bulawayo.
“According to the school programme, the children were set to do swimming lessons. However, they had to change the programme in preparation for sports competitions scheduled for the following Friday,” said Mr Dzipe. — @ thamamoe A TEACHER of English at Guinea Fowl High School in Gweru has been arraigned for allegedly ill-treating a Form Two pupil.
Thandiwe Ncube (48) who resides at Guinea Fowl teachers’ cottages was not asked to plead when she appeared before Gweru Magistrate Mr Musaiona Shotgame. She was remanded out of custody to September 14 for trial. She allegedly verbally abused the pupil and excluded her from lessons. Through her lawyers Dube Legal Practitioners, Ncube requested for a postponement of the matter.
“Your Worship I apply for a postponement of the case because l received the psychologist report today. I need time to go through it,” she said.
Prosecuting Mrs Ndamukanei Chikuni told the court that, in January this year the complainant fell ill.
She said the pupil’s mother went to Ncube and the headmaster to explain the situation.
“Ncube failed to appreciate and understand the complainant’s condition and started to torture and expose her to abuse,” said the prosecutor.
“The accused insulted the complainant by uttering the following words, ‘l will make your life miserable’ through unspecified various means,” said Mrs Chikuni.
It is the state case that, the accused refused to mark and supervise the academic work of the pupil.
“At times she would give her unbelievable marks. The accused also did not mark and capture her results on the first term examinations and this was indicated in her school report,” she said.
Mrs Chikuni said at times Ncube would segregate and withdraw the pupil from class discussions and learning groups.
Due to Ncube’s actions, said the prosecutor, the pupil’s learning has been affected since January.— @patiemtsiwi.
Effluent from a burst manhole forms a pool in front of houses in Bulawayo’s Entumbane suburb. The overflow which has not been attended to for some days poses a health risk to people who live in the area (Picture by Eliah Saushoma).