13 Jul 2017 17:10pm
GROOT AUB, 13 JUL (NAMPA) More than 70 Groot Aub Junior Secondary School learners have been sent home since Wednesday for failing to contribute money towards school necessities.
The 77 learners were sent home by Principal Joel Kavezepa.
A source who spoke to Nampa on condition of anonymity as they feared their children would be victimised, said the money is amongst others used for the purchase of photocopy paper and toner for the printers.
Is it even legal to chase children away children from school? Our children are missing classes because of this, the source said.
A learner told this agency they were told by the principal to go home and come back to school with the money and their parents.
The learner said almost all Grade 10 learners were sent home.
Approached for comment, school board member Charles van Wyk said parents should take their childrens education seriously, adding that it was less about money and more of a statement for parents to become more involved.
Most parents never come to meetings or do not contribute at all. But besides that, the school has financial difficulties and we need these types of contributions to pay for things like toners, Van Wyk said.
When asked about children missing lessons, he said they will be allowed to catch up.
Kavezepa explained that they decided to ask for a contribution of N.dollars 100 from Grade 8 and Grade 9 learners, and N.dollars 200 from the Grade 10 learners.
Only a few paid and I deemed it necessary to send them back and come back with the money and their parents. It is the only way we see some parents at school as they are never present at school meetings, he said.
Numerous attempts to contact the inspector for comment were unsuccessful and Khomas Director of Education Gerard Vries said he would inform the inspector to contact Nampa.
Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said she has not received any information on the matter.