Confusion in Some schools
KHOLWANE – The end of the Sibaya marked the beginning of confusion in some schools where no one knew what to do because the King had called upon all teachers to report for work yet the Minister of Education and Training said fire teachers should stay away.
Kholwane Primary School was one of the schools in which the dismissed teachers returned to resume their duties but found that there were no keys.
They said the keys were handed over to the Inspector of Schools, Philip Mamba, on the day the entire complement of teachers including the Principal Simangele Mmema, were fired two weeks ago.
Pupils, who also came assuming that classes would resume, were found loitering around the school premises.
They were eventually sent back home by the School Committee Chairman Mbongeni Tfwala who told them to return today as hopefully, there would be a resolution.
The newly employed teachers did not report for duty.
Mmema, in an interview said the dismissed teachers came to school on the strength of the pronouncement by the Ingwenyama when he officially closed the People’s Parliament at Ludzidzini Royal Residence on Saturday.
"We were expecting Mamba to bring the keys today so we can start teaching the pupils," she said. Only one classroom was opened while all other classrooms, offices and the kitchen were locked.
The chairman said parents had been called to a meeting at the school to ensure that learning returned to normal. "But now we are surprised by the turn of events as all classes are locked."
He said if the classrooms remain locked, the school committee would be forced to break in and install new door locks.
Tfwala said the parents did not want to involve themselves in the dispute between the ministry and the teachers but were concerned about the future of the children.
Four inspectors from the Ministry of Education arrived later at the school and addressed the parents. One of the Inspectors, Siboniso Gumbi, begged the parents to be patient as a resolution was still being worked out.
The school was guarded by armed police officers for the better part of the day.
Inspectors blank on way forward
KHOLWANE - Schools inspectors said they knew nothing on the way forward to make the school operational again.
Siboniso Gumbi, an Inspector in the Manzini Region told parents at Kholwane Primary School that a meeting was being held in Mbabane to resolve the issue.
"It would seem the executive was handling the matter in a certain way until the traditional authorities said something to the contrary over the weekend. Right now a meeting is being held in Mbabane to find a solution. At the moment, we don’t know anything.
We only came to the school because parents had already been called, and we wanted to ask them to wait until a resolution has been found. This may be today or tomorrow," he said.
Don’t bring new teachers - parents
KHOLWANE – Parents at Kholwane Primary School gave the Inspectors of Schools an instruction not to bring new teachers to the school.
The parents told the inspectors led by Siboniso Gumbi that new teachers would put the future of their children in jeopardy.
One parent, Muziwandile Sithole, said if the Ministry of Education were to bring new teachers, parents would resist such a move.
"We are mindful of our childrens’ future as the year is already coming to an end. If we were to have new teachers our children would fail," he said.
Gumbi said he understood the concern and would convey it to the relevant authorities.
It was alleged that a certain principal of another school had already been posted to Kholwane Primary to replace Mmema.
"He came to the school driving a car over the weekend, saying he would be pleased to work at this school. We suspect that the keys were given to him," claimed a parent.
Meeting bears no fruit, talks continue today
MANZINI – Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Training Pat Muir said a meeting to find a solution to the impasse in schools failed to reach a conclusion yesterday.
"The Cabinet Sub Scope is expected to meet tomorrow (today) to continue talks for a solution.
"Today no solution was reached," he said.
The PS had been asked to shed light on his ministry’s position regarding the state of affairs in schools where fired teachers returned to resume business.
"There is nothing I can report on that because the meeting will continue today.
"It is difficult for me to say anything until the sub scope has reached a solution," he said.
- This is a clear indication that the government of the day has lost respect for the king. Why are they supporsed to meet and discuss wheather they follow his (king) directive? The nation rightfully observed that they (cabinet) must be fired for their negetive contribution in governing the country. The confusion was cleared by His Majerst the king on saturday bt the cabinet wants to continue ignoring him, the question is who is the Barnabas led cabinet serving ? They are now against the king and the nation.
August 14, 2012, 9:04 am, Mbongwa Dlamini (email@example.com)
- No doubt,the carbinet has failed the King and His nation,SO IT MUST GO HOME immoderately.Actually i was especting this move to occur at the people's parliament last week since the signs were all there,now another sign shows up,whereby some directives from His Majesty the King are being debated...a true insult to the nation and its constitution.who is beyond the KING if i may ask...???????NO BODY,PERIOD!! O.M.G,Its like everybody is sick...may the King himself help the kingdom of Eswatini before war begins!!!!!!!!!
August 14, 2012, 2:37 pm, anonimous (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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