It no more news that school principals engage in various corrupt practices in their schools most of which include outright embezzlement of school funds. A Durban ex principal of one of the top high schools has been arrested and will be arraigned in court on Friday morning on charges of stealing funds belonging to the school.
The former principal whose name is Trevor Kershaw‚ earlier this year retired as principal of Glenwood High School but had to appear in the Durban Commercial Crimes Court on charges of fraud. It is alleged that between 2007 and last year‚ he took about R5-million.
Mr Kershaw was however, granted R100 000 bail but was given bail condition of not leaving the country and that he would be reporting to Westville police station twice a week.
In a statement released by Glenwood High School chair‚ Robert Young in February this year, it was said that the Kershaw announced his intention to resign from the post in November last year on the basis that he was considering overseas job offers.
However, the KwaZulu-Natal Hawks spokesman Lieutenant Simphiwe Mhlongo said he could not reveal who reported the case about the Durban ex principal but said documentary evidence was collected as part of the investigation‚ and a full statement was being prepared by lawyers. He will next re-appear in court on June 21.
There have in the past been disturbing cases of corruption throughout the education system and this growing at the national, provincial, district and school levels. This corruption case unfortunately finds itself mostly among school principals many of who have been accused of gross mismanagement of funds given to them for the development of their schools.
Concerned bodies like corruption watch are therefore called on to investigate corruption in schools which includes abuse of school funds and resources by school governing body members and principals, followed by procurement-related corruption, and then nepotism – giving jobs to family and friends.