The DA calls for urgent intervention into Glenvista High school amid claims of assault, bullying and ill-discipline

The DA is calling on the Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi to urgently intervene and resolve a number of issues that are causing a continuous disruption of learning and teaching at Glenvista High School in Johannesburg.

Since the start of the 2022 school year, the school has been facing serious challenges of ill-discipline, fighting and bullying. Some learners have been undergoing disciplinary hearings for bullying the Grade 8 learners after forcing them to do push -ups. A video of this bullying incident went viral on social media.

In another incident, former learners were allowed onto the school premises where they assaulted a learner as well as two other learners and two teachers who tried to stop the assault. A case of assault and trespassing has been opened at Mondeor Police Station.

Today, the Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education, Khume Ramulifho MPL and the DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Education, Sergio Dos Santos MPL, conducted an oversight inspection at the school. They were shocked to witness several learners kicking, screaming hysterically and crying during a prayer session at the school following allegations of demon possession.

The parents of these learners were called to the school to fetch their children.

Furthermore, the School Governing Body (SGB) has been delaying the process of building four additional classrooms at the school to reduce overcrowding in the classrooms despite the funds for the new classrooms being transferred to the school account.

Parents of learners have expressed their concerns at to the continuous disruption of learning and teaching.

The DA believes that bullying and violence has no place at our schools which are meant to be safe places for all learners. We also call on the MEC to ensure that all these issues are addressed without delay to allow the learners to get the best possible education. We will continue to monitor the MEC’s intervention to ensure that schooling continues at Glenvista High School without any further disruptions.

50 000 Gauteng Learners Yet To Be Enrolled

2016 Enrolment Process

The DA urges Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, to speed up the 2016 enrolment process at schools to ensure that all learners are afforded an opportunity to attend school from day one this Wednesday.

Last year parents heeded  the Education Department’s call to apply on time for enrolment, yet the department has still failed to place more than 50 000 learners.

It is unacceptable that learners are not able to go to school from day one.

2015 Medium Term Expenditure Framework

Parents have to buy uniforms, pay school fees and arrange transport. The department should have employed sufficient teachers, bought text books and built more classrooms to accommodate all learners.

Over the 2015 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period, the department has set aside R5.4 billion to construct new schools – but poor planning led to major delays in their completion.

Not all 19 schools which were planned to be ready to open on Wednesday, will be operational.

Some schools like Glenvista and Panorama are on hold due to non-compliance with by-laws, including unapproved plans and non-compliance with environmental impact assessment regulations.

Quality Basic Education

MEC Lesufi must take ownership of these challenges and resolve them urgently.

All learners deserve quality basic education, and the department has a responsibility to place each and every one, especially those who applied on time.

 

Media Enquiries:

Khume Ramulifho, MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC of Education

082 398 7375

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DA Debates 2014/15 Education Annual Report

Speech by: Khume Ramulifho MPL

“Gauteng education needs to rewrite its future”

  • There is 65% principals posts occupied by males since 2010, though there are more females teachers in the system. Does this means they can’t lead? If not why we aren’t seeing them leading our schools?
  • 75% of our schools need serious improvements – these range from leadership, management, infrastructure, discipline, community buy in, and innovative ideas.
  • The commitment to fight corruption is vague. Many reports were done but little action was taken against perpetrators – Glenvista, Brakpan high, Senoane high and many more schools are clear examples.
  • We need to build strong partnership with private sector so they can provide financial and other support.

The full speech can be obtained here.

 

Speech by: Solly Msimanga MPL

“Quality education affords all a bright future”

  • Close to R37bn is spent on education in Gauteng out of our R95bn total budget for the 2015-2016 financial year. This means we spent more than a third of our budget on Education clearly demonstrating that money is not the reason for our dismal performance.
  • Some of the prominent challenges and obstacles facing ECD facilities include absence of learning materials and resources, especially within the classroom setting, minimal funding, lack of qualified and experienced teachers at this level, inadequate security for children whilst at the ECD facility, as well as poor toilet amenities.
  • I would call on the new HOD to investigate some of the providers responsible for school nutrition. The quality and quantity of the food provided in certain instances has really left much to be desired.

The full speech can be obtained here.

 

Media enquiries:

Khume Ramulifho, MPL

DA Gauteng Education Shadow MEC

082 398 7375

 

Solly Msimanga, MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Education

060 558 8308

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MEC Lesufi Must Release 158 Other School Forensic Reports

Glenvista High School

The Democratic Alliance (DA) notes the release of a forensic report into corruption and maladministration at Glenvista High School and is pleased that all those implicated will be duly charged.

However, there are 158 other forensic reports which Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, continues to withhold; some of them instituted for investigation as far back as the 2009/ 10 financial year.

The names of all 158 schools can be found here; despite the MEC’s claims to the contrary, these are not all Model C schools.

Maladministration

If the MEC is serious about rooting out this type of corruption in our schools, he will ensure that all individuals in the 158 investigations are charged and monies owed to these schools is reclaimed.

At the end of the day it is the pupils at these schools that feel the brunt of this maladministration.

The DA is committed to fight corruption and maladministration in schools. The MEC must ensure that this is a fair and transparent process and invite more whistleblowers to report cases.

I will be submitting questions to the MEC, to establish what plan he has to release all 158 of the aforementioned reports.

Media enquiries:

Khume Ramulifho MPL
Gauteng Shadow MEC: Education
082 398 7375

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Why is Gauteng Education MEC Hiding Glenvista High Forensic Audit Report?

Corruption & Maladministration – Glenvista High School

The DA has today filed an application in terms of the Public Access to Information Act (PAIA) and submitted written questions to Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, to access the KPMG Forensic Audit report into corruption and maladministration at Glenvista High school.

The MEC has been privy to the outcome of this report for over two months, but as with other reports, he is yet to make its findings and recommendations public. This comes despite the MEC’s claims that the cause of the delay was due to him reading the report but that it would be released when schools reopened for the third term.

MEC Fails to Act

The DA has in the past questioned the MEC why he institutes investigations but fails to act on the findings.

The MEC needs to act and build the confidence of whistle-blowers who serve as watchdogs by exposing corruption and fraud in our schools.

The DA challenges MEC Lesufi to release the report, to take action against those found guilty, and to stop siding with wrong-doers.

By doing so, he would send the message the fairness and transparency will prevail, that perpetrators will be brought to book while protecting whistle-blowers.

Transparency and Accountability

The DA has also submitted written questions to Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi Malobane to establish whether cases had been opened, whether perpetrators were reported to the authorities, and what the case numbers are.

The main function of school leadership and management is to ensure that resources are properly managed to the benefit of learners in the province.

The question is now whether MEC Lesufi is prepared to live up to the principles of transparency and accountability.

 

Media enquiries:

Khume Ramulifho MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education

082 398 7375

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MEC Lesufi Continues to Protect Wrongdoers Despite Release of GP School Corruption Forensic Audits

Corruption and Maladministration

Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, continues to protect the wrong-doers in several forensic investigations into corruption and maladministration at the province’s schools.

In the most recent example, the MEC has been privy to the outcome of a forensic audit into such allegations at Glenvista High School for more than a month, but as with other reports, he is yet to make findings and recommendations public.

This is after the MEC recently accused the DA of double standards when we exposed the lack of transparency, openness and action taken once these reports are complete. So when will the MEC release the Glenvista High School forensic audit report?

Governing Bodies and Whistleblowers

The DA has challenged MEC Lesufi several times to make forensic audits public and believes it is in fact the MEC that is guilty of double standards by actively taking the side of the wrong-doers.

Currently, school governing bodies have no access to these reports but are simply dissolved and whistle-blowers are fired.

This while those officials implicated in maladministration, fraud and corruption remain at work.

The DA is advocating fairness in conducting forensic audits, where actions are taken against perpetrators while protecting whistle-blowers.

Transparency and Accountability

The MEC has indicated that the department has taken disciplinary action, opened civil cases and reported perpetrators to SARS. The DA will be requesting all related documents linked to these actions to assure the public that this measures have in fact been followed through.

If the MEC is serious about transparency and accountability, his department will release these reports and protect any SGB members who expose any such maladministration in the first place.

A properly functioning and clean school leadership is necessary to providing a quality education for all the youth of Gauteng. Their futures should not be compromised by poor management or corruption of any form.

 

Media Enquiries: 

Khume Ramulifho MPL 

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC: Education 
082 398 7375

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