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‘Take interest in children’s education’
By Njabulo Dlamini - SWAZI OBSERVER-28-Sep-2009
PARENTS of students at Masundvwini High School have been urged to take interest in their children’s education as opposed to leaving everything unto the teachers.
Masundvwini High Principal Mandla Mathabela expressed concern that parents and guardians only assisted their children in securing places and thereafter disappear – leaving the learners and teachers on their own.
“One is faced with a unique species of parents here, who are not interested in the education of their children yet they would want to share their glory at the end of it all,” Mathabela said. He said because students came from varying backgrounds, parents needed to play their role in educating the children so that teachers were not left on their own to bring the disobedient ones to order.
“Parental guidance is needed on some of the children as they are at a certain stage of their lives (puberty) where leadership is needed for them to cope,” Mathabela said, further adding that some were into indulging in intoxicating substances such as smoking dagga. On the other hand, he urged government to change the policies of education so that students who failed external examinations were allowed to repeat at their school.
“They are now used to the environment and learning methods used. We feel bad when we turn down their applications to repeat classes because our policy does not allow so,” he said. He was referring specifically to the Junior Certificate (JC) students who failed in 2008 and when they approached the administration to repeat subjects, were informed this was not possible. School Committee Chairperson Ncane Nhlengethwa asked the Guest Speaker, AT Dlamini, to assist them complete the school hall, a request the latter promised to consider with his management team.
Nhlengethwa said they were also extending the school’s kitchen so that it was fitted with modern facilities and accommodate the ever growing number of students. Construction should be complete by January next year. “The fencing is also being rehabilitated so that access is restricted and animals and other predators do not terrorise students and teachers,” she said.
Turning to the completing students, the school committee chairperson urged them to be ambassadors of the school and protect its image wherever they go.
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