Angry Parents Storm School With Coffins Threatening To Bury Lazy Teachers


No well-meaning parent will sit by and watch their children’s future being consistently darkened. I mean, we all want the best for our kids so, we can all relate to this story. Based on a Daily Sun report, annoyed parents stormed Matshitsholo High School, Ulundi KwaZulu-Natal with coffins threatening to bury all the lazy teachers alive if they are not removed from the school.

Occupying the school premises with the three coffins they got from a local funeral parlor, the parents stated that the teacher have long been exposing the future of their children to risk as they have continuously failed to carry out their teaching duties. To them, they are ghost teachers, are not better than ghosts and ought to be buried alive.

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Calling for the teachers to be removed immediately, the parents related that the teachers use school hours to rest and attend to their personal matters where they are being paid to teach their children.

One of the fed up parents identified as Mthembeni Sokhela told Daily Sun that an ongoing rift between teachers who belong to the National Teachers Union (Natu) and those who’re for the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) is a factor contributing to the teachers nonchalant attitude towards their duties.

Sokhela narrated that he visited the “school recently and found Sadtu teacher sitting under a tree. When the principal, a Natu member, told him he was supposed to be in class, the teacher told him to go there himself. How can children pass when teachers just sit around and still get a full salary every month,” he queried.

Similarly, a grade 11 pupil complained that the selfish teachers are gambling with the students future. “Our teachers are selfish and they’re gambling with our future. We find ourselves caught in the middle of something that has nothing to do with us. Most of the times we are just sitting around because teachers refuse to come to class.”

Commenting, Zweni Mbatha from the School Governing Body (SGB) said “the situation is very tense. Angry parents threaten to bury the teachers alive if the department does not take action.”

Also, the KwaZulu-Natal education spokesman, Sihle Mlotshwa commented “the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) was due to hold a meeting at these school but had other commitments…We promise that a satisfying solution will be found.”

Meanwhile Natu and Sadtu have indicated that the incident has noting to do with the unions. Speaking, Natu deputy president Allen Thomson stated that the problem started in 2014 “when teachers reported the principal for mismanagement. Ever since then he has been provoking them in every possible way,” he alleged.

On the other hand, KZN Sadtu deputy secretary, Dolly Caluza distanced Sadtu from the speculations that the misunderstanding between teachers at the school is union-motivated.

“We will try our best to support the school,” Caluza pledged.

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