Teachers at Ntji Mothapo Primary School in Limpopo have snubbed pupils after they bluntly refused to teach in classrooms fitted with CCTV cameras.
The whole drama started on July 29 when some teachers affiliated to the SA Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) demanded the removal of the cameras before they would go back to classes.
Throwing its weight behind the teachers, Sadtu provincial secretary Matome Raphasha said there was no agreement between the school, the union and the provincial education department that cameras will be installed inside classrooms as they will restrain the privacy of the teachers.
27 classrooms in Ntji Mothapo Primary School in the Ramogale section of GaMothapo village, are currently fitted with cameras and white boards worth R22000.
The school which has 1367 pupils from grades R to seven and 36 teachers, also has overhead projectors in eight classrooms.
A teacher who spoke to reporters said the equipment was bought through funds from government and that it baffles management that some teachers resolved to boycott lessons because of the installation of cameras.
The source, who pleaded anonymity said the teachers who refused to teach under cameras had accused the principal, Ngoako Rapaledi of embezzlement. But now, they bluntly refused to teach the children having seen his achievement.
When reporters visited the school on Wednesday, most of the teachers were spotted sitting and chatting with loud voices while a good number of pupils were playing outside their classrooms.
Departmental spokesman, Naledzani Rasila, suggested that installation of the cameras shouldn’t deter teachers from teaching; stating that if the cameras are for security, then they should be switched off during classroom teachings.
However, a visit to a neighboring school, Gerson Ntjie Secondary School, shows teachers there have no problem teaching under cameras unlike their colleagues at Ntji Mothapo Primary School.