Department of Education Should Urgently Investigate
the Reason for Closing Down Mbonwa High School

5th September 2014.



“The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the department of Education to re-open Mbonwa High School in KwalaNgqengqe, KwaMachi, in Harding and suspend the principal,” said the IFP KZN Shadow Spokesperson on Education, Mrs Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL.


“The Department of Education in KwaZulu-Natal must quickly intervene and re-open the school for the sake of learners who have not been able to attend school for 3 weeks and are consequently lagging behind in their learning programme. We are also calling on the School Governing Body to provide an effective explanation as to why the school was shut down.  Did the KZN DOE know about the closing of the school and whether learners' education had been taken into account?,” she asked. 


“It has been alleged that the principal treated learners like prisoners, preventing them from using the toilet and inflicting harsh punishment. All this needs urgent investigation in order to get our children back to school,” said Mrs KaMadlopha-Mthethwa.


“The IFP cares about the future of learners and we call on the Department of Education to conduct an urgent investigation into why the school was closed down and ensure it’s speedy reopening,” concluded Mrs KaMadlopha Mthethwa.



Issued by:

The IFP KZN Spokesperson on Education MPL
Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa 071 884 3844/079 114 3015


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