School Sudden Closure Leaves Staff and Students Confused

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Students, staff and parents of Bishop Bavin School, have been left in the dark, when they arrived at school on Friday morning, only to find the school was closed due to financial reasons.

They stood outside the school premises where they staged a peaceful protest against the school and urged the education department to step in and resolve the matter.

Sidu, a parent and staff member at the school, said that they were not given any time to make other arrangements, “We were told last week Thursday that our job is finished after 21 years of serving the school.”

“The worst part is they did not give us time to look for alternative schools because my son got a scholarship for five years but now he is sitting at home and doing nothing. I can’ t find another school for him because now I am unemployed too,” Sidu said.

During the lockdown period, the staff members were not paid or given any severance packages to assist them financially and last week, they were told that they won’t be paid for June either.

The protesters are urging the Education MEC and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to intervene as soon as possible.