Siphofaneni: Disgrutled Siphofaneni High School pupils have petitioned their head teacher Mcolisi Myeni.The pupils comes after the allegedly embezzlement of the school funds amounting to E24 480.
Myeni appeared before Public Accounts Committee( PAC) recently whereby he was ordered to pay back the money. Latest news from the school situated away from few meters away from the small town, is to the effect that on Monday,classes were suspended after pupils protested against the head teacher,demanding the repayment of the money or else he must vacate.
The disgruntled pupils are said to have thrown stones to the classes roofing and vandalized the main gate. Police were called to calm the situation.
“The Form 5s ordered everyone out of the classrooms as they chant songs and demanded the missing money from the headteacher.
However, a quick intervention of the police saved the situation before it turned volatile,”said an eye witness.It had been reliably gathered that things returned to normal at the school only Tuesday.
The head teacher is also said to have addressed the school pupils in a morning assembly that understood their concerns. Siphofaneni Senior Superitendant is also reportedly to have warned the pupils about protesting.
However,yesterday things got of hand as the pupils boycotted classes again.
Reached for comment,Myeni admitted that he found a petition in his desk. He however refuted that the pupils are demanding the repayment of the schools funds.
“I don’t remember the pupils demanding back the money. They only raised eight concerns. Amongst them they want to break at 1pm from schools on fridays,”he said.
Myeni added that classes were also interrupted yesterday.
” I think some of the pupils are pushing their own agenda,”he said.
Meanwhile,part of the money the PAC learnt that he used to pay cheques to suppliers way above the amounts on invoice.
For instance,he paid Thoko Gamedze E25 000 yet the invoice of the school was E12 800.
He is said to have paid City Office Machines E25 739 whereas an invoice of E14 395 was furnished.