Missing phone splits school


WHEN the teacher’s cellphone went missing in class about a week ago, she suspected that one of her pupils was responsible.

So the school’s governing body sent a letter to parents calling for a meeting and asking them to each pay R30 for the teacher to buy a new phone!

Now the parents are up in arms.

Yesterday parents and SGB members met at Thandolwesizwe High School in Lindelani, north of Durban to find a solution to the matter.

The gathering was a follow-up to a meeting held last Tuesday at which the decision to pay R30 was taken.

One parent said they were told the deadline for the payment was the end of this week.

“The school said if we fail to pay our kids will not be allowed to write their English paper, which was postponed after the incident,” said the parent.

Another parent said the decision was unfair as there was no way an entire class could steal one phone.

She said: “My son told me they know the pupil who stole the phone, but they are too scared to report him because his older brother is notorious ekasi.”

KZN education department spokesman Muzi Mahlambi said the department was distancing itself from the school’s decision.

“We will send a team to find out more about this,” he said.

SGB member Nomcebo Masina confirmed the meeting.

“We will meet again, but I cannot reveal more because I am not authorised to speak to the media,” she said.