LEPHALALE- Pupils of Bahlalerwa Secondary School, in Ga-Monyeki in Shongoane allegedly refused to go to classes on Thursdays and Friday last week while demanding that their admin officer, a Mr. Malema, leaves the school or stays focussed on his work.
The learners alleged that Mr. Malema has neglected his administrative duties and apparently told some learners that they should transfer to other schools because they were not fit to be at Bahlalerwa.
The school entrance was barricaded with stones, tree trunks and desks.
President of the Learner Representative Council (LRC), David Makgae, said that they have written a memorandum stating that they will not go back to classes if he stays and that since the department can’t fire him, they must swap Malema with another clerk from a different school. The memorandum included that Malema must adhere to his duties as a clerk officer and stop interfering with issues of the principal.
Diena Mothemana, School Governing Body (SGB) Chairperson, said that they have sat down with the learners and principal, requesting them to go back to school and stop protesting and vandalizing school property. Mothemana said they have been asking the parents to encourage their children to go to school because they are falling behind.
“The learners say that they will not go back to school until the Admin Officer is gone, but we have no right to chase Malema away because he was not appointed by the school but by the Education Department” said Mothemana.
Mr. Malema refused to comment on any of the allegations.