Mystery callers threaten School For the Deaf
SITEKI - The School for the Deaf has been forced to suspend classes following threats by anonymous callers who have been threatening to vandalise the school if classes continued.
Some teachers at the School For the Deaf continued to conduct lessons despite the fact that teachers are on strike.
Principal Smangele Magagula, said she had been getting threats from teachers and anonymous callers so she had no choice, but to suspend classes.
"I have been receiving numerous threats from teachers and anonymous callers.
"All the callers were threatening to vandalise the school if we continued teaching.
"Some of the callers identified themselves as teachers while others did not divulge their identities," she said.
Magagula further clarified that the school has not shut down but has suspended classes until the situation normalises.
She added that pupils will remain at the hostel for the time being. Magagula stated that the strike has affected the school a lot, adding that deaf pupils require more time and attention to grasp what they are being taught.
She added that the school was looking forward to being among the best performers in the final examination but the suspension of classes would pose a challenge as they would have to race against time when pupils returned to class.
The principal criticised the striking teachers for failing to understand that the learning process of the deaf was different from pupils in the other schools.
"We understand the resolution by teachers to strike, but they should have taken our situation at the School For the Deaf into consideration. We are not like other schools, they should have exempted us from the strike," she said.
She also stated that she does not prevent teachers from striking and attending SNAT meetings.
Following the threats, the school has beefed up security and police officers have been providing security during the day.
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