Parents of children who attended Grade 10 at an unrecorded private academy in Limpopo last time have expressed frustration after their children were given an claim to repeat the grade, find public seminaries or stay at home.
The affected pupils were enrolled at Chief Divila Mabunda Science School in Mageva vill, outside Giyani, but it turned out that the academy’s enrollment was pending. It offered grades eight to 10.
One of the parents, compendiums Mafumo, said the academy’s operation took them from pillar to post since the morning of the time when they sought answers. He has since taken up the matter with the Limpopo department of education, Mafumo said, after the original Mawa circuit failed to resolve the matter. In an dispatch addressed to the department and seen by Sunday World, Mafumo explained their plight as parents. “ We as parents( under) the Mawa circuit have a solicitude about our children. They attended a private academy which was latterly set up to not be completely registered with the department of education. We took our children to public seminaries where they were admitted for Grade 11.
“ At the end of February, we entered letters from academy headliners for a meeting. At the meeting we were told that our children from the unrecorded academy must go back to Grade 10, ” said Mafuma.
The father said they would have fluently accepted the decision, but they were surprised to learn that their children’s 2022 classmates were comfortably continuing with their Grade 11 classes under different circuits.
Another parent, who asked not to be named, said the problem had negatively affected her son, who was too emotionally distrait to repeat Grade 10.
“ My son is now at home stranded, not knowing what to do with her life. This issue is so painful because they’re playing with our children’s lives. moment’s children are emotionally vulnerable. What if my son takes her life? Will the government begin to show care? ” asked the parent.
When asked why he operated an unrecorded academy and risked the future of the learners, Hayeka Mabunda, the director of the Chief Divila Mabunda Science School, admitted the academy wasn’t registered but criticized “ professional covetousness. He said he’d submitted his enrollment papers and was awaiting feedback from the department.
“ This is a clear case of professional covetousness. The academy started operating in 2018 and has ago produced bright learners. This was an action from community members who felt that I had done a great job as an award- winning calculi and wisdom schoolteacher and they said, ‘ make the academy and we will support you ’.
“ Parents are singing praises of this academy because it has brought a huge difference in this area. They also trust in my brand because I’m the bone
who introduced the idea of downtime seminaries decades agone
, which really gave children a big boost.
“ Some of my former scholars are now at Medunsa, ” said Mabunda.
still, the academy director admitted that his academy wasn’t completely registered.
“ My end was to register the academy at the morning but the department told me that you do n’t register a academy when you have no learners, preceptors and a academy governing body.
“ They said enrolments would be an suggestion that the community had confidence in the academy, ” Mabunda said.
“ Once the academy started operating, I went to the department and the long enrollment process began. They were supposed to have awarded us with an Education Management Information Systems( EMIS) number in 2020, but Covid happed and officers were no longer accessible, ” said Mabunda, who named the academy after original traditional leader Chief Divila of the Dzumeri Traditional Council.
“ When the epidemic eventually subsided and all services started operating completely, we were told to bring our train and there were a many deletions, which we sorted out. I’m shocked that this is only passing in the Mawa circuit, ” he said.
“ It looks like there are academy headliners uniting with officers at the circuit who want to scarify parents down from bringing their children then because they’re underperforming. ”
Limpopo department of education prophet Mike Maringa said they weren’t apprehensive there were children chased down from academy around the Giyani area.
He added that it’s illegal for Mabunda to run his academy without enrollment papers.
“ We need to launch an critical disquisition and track his operation, also we will take it from there. But according to how the department operates, to induce an EMIS number doesn’t take five twinkles, and no academy can operate without that number. ”