SGB responds to St Bedes reports issue

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St Bedes Primary School in Tylden has agreed to renegotiate with the parents who were struggling to pay the R100 towards the schools fund-raising, in order for their children to receive their school reports.

In last week’s The Rep, “Pupils refused their reports”, we reported that certain parents complained about pupils not being issued their March and June reports because they had failed to produce the R100.

The SGB and parents had resolved to withhold the school reports as a form of holding parents who were not willing to pay the amount accountable.

In the article the department of education spokesperson, Malibongwe Mtima, had said the school must issue the report as the pupils had the right to receive them.

Mtima advised that the school should find alternative means for parents to account for the fund-raising instead of keeping the results from the pupils.

The school governing body (SGB) chairman, Loyiso Jeki, said a meeting was held on Thursday concerning the article in which the SGB and some parents had insisted on remaining firm on their decision of withholding reports as a form of punishment for those parents who were not willing to pay the money.

The money we receive from government does not come at a convenient time when we need it and the school cannot continue to function properly without the fund-raising. We usually have parents who are not willing to comply with the fund-raising,” said Jeki.

The majority of parents said this should continue because it was not fair for some pupils to benefit at the expense of other children. When the school nutritional money takes time to be transferred to the school’s account or pupils need to be transported for sport, all pupils benefit, nobody is sidelined.”

He said it had come as a shock to the SGB and the school that some parents were speaking against the fund-raising.

I have a child who is at a quantile 3 school and I have to contribute R280. I do not have a problem. There are many schools in Komani in which pupils do not get the school report when parents do not meet certain obligations.

Most of the parents have no problem with the fund-raising. As a result we have managed to raise R8 600 which is a reflection that about 95% have complied.”

Jeki said the parents who came to the media concerning the issue had dented the image of the school and that of the parents who are portrayed as unwilling to cooperate with the school, which was not the case.

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