Lessons out in the open
NHLANGANO - Ngwane Practising Primary School pupils will be taught out in the open today by the 21 ‘fired’ teachers because the staffroom and classrooms remain locked and the keys are reportedly with the REO Thabile Nxumalo.
This is a resolution that was taken by over 200 parents during a meeting held at the school on Saturday.
The parents also agreed that lessons would be conducted outside the school premises if the gate was locked and it was unanimously agreed that pupils would bring mats or plastic bags to sit on during the lessons.
According to the School Committee Chairperson, Mashesha Dlamini, it was also agreed that pupils would also bring their own food as the school’s feeding programme (zondle) is currently suspended due to the fact that the kitchen and pantry are locked.
"The 21 teachers who were fired by government but reinstated by His Majesty King Mswati III agreed to conduct lessons during the school holidays.
"Lessons will be conducted under trees within the school premises or outside if the staffroom, classes and gate remain locked," Dlamini said.
He said the pupils would take a break during the week of the Reed Dance.
"There will be no holidays for our pupils who have lost a lot in their studies. Pupils in Grade I to VII will be taught in the open and thus exposed to unfavourable weather conditions because government through the office of the REO refuses with the school keys despite an order from the King directing all teachers to return to school," Dlamini said.
He also announced that a committee was selected, which will go to Ludzidzini Royal Residence either tomorrow or on Wednesday to thank the King for his speech when closing the People’s Parliament.
On Friday, Dlamini and his deputy, Mbuso Dlamini, went to the REO to ask for the keys but Nxumalo is alleged to have refused stating that she was awaiting instructions from her superiors.
"We will meet her on Monday at 10:30am to ask for the keys again. We resolved to engage plan B for the release of the keys because it’s ridiculous for our children to be taught under trees and when our King ordered that schools must be operational for the benefit of the Swazi child.
"This is not the first time we will be asking for the keys from Nxumalo," Dlamini claimed.
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