Afrikaans Speaking Parents Threaten To Close Eastern Cape School

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On Monday morning, parents in the Eastern Cape gathered outside the Sandisulwazi Secondary School in Paterson, attempting to shut down the school in demand that teachers teach Afrikaans as a subject.

According to the statement that was revealed, the school has 303 pupils in which 65 are Afrikaans speaking with only nine teachers, eight of whom are Xhosa-speaking and one is English speaking.

Isaac van Louw, a member of the School Governing Board (SGB) has said that the school has never had Afrikaans teacher since May 2017 whereby parents are going to close the school so as to create an equal playing field for all pupils.

“We have held talks with the Department of Education on six occasions. Sadly, the talks have yielded nothing. It’s only promises and promises.” he said.

With the statement revealed by the SGB chairperson Alfred Salters, the matriculants who wrote Afrikaans in the year 2017 failed due to the lack of Afrikaans teacher.

“We had a total of 121 Afrikaans-speaking children attending the school last year, but at present we are left with 65″

Salter said, parents found themselves sending their children’s in Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage schools, but many could not afford the boarding fees.

With the fact that the school suffered with Afrikaans teachers since May, parents demanded that the former principal to return back to school, as he played both part as a principal and a teacher.

The Eastern Cape Department of Education spokesperson Mali Mtima said,the are  aware of the situation while they are currently in talks with the retired teachers to assist with the teaching and learning as they had the similar problem with Sotho and Agriculture teachers, but it was later resolved.

.”We have students who are training in the Afrikaans language at colleges but they are not yet qualified to teach,” said Mtima.

Mtima has appealed to parents and pupils that the matter will be resolved soon.