National 8.8.2016 09:16 am

Private school rocked by sex, drugs, booze allegations

Vices of the Western world - drug abuse in schools.

Vices of the Western world - drug abuse in schools.

The Mpumalanga department of education is investigating Hillside Private School, where a former teacher alleges Grade 11 pupils filmed themselves having sex to sell the footage for cash.

Former teacher Johan Duvenhage says alcohol and drug abuse is a regular occurrence at the institution, where some teachers haven’t been paid for four months, Middelburg Observer reports.

He further alleges that the school’s self-appointed “director”, Joseph Sebotse, deduct UIF and tax from teachers, but fail to pay it to the authorities.

Duvenhage says foreign, unqualified teachers are appointed by Sebotse in order for him to pay salaries below departmental benchmarks.

“Children fight over chairs and move the chairs with them from class to class due to a shortage,” Duvenhage claims.

He further alleges that sanitary pads are thrown into open boxes at the entrance to the school.

Duvenhage says he personally pleaded with a teacher of Hoërskool Middelburg to teach technical drawing to the pupils after hours, as a teacher was never appointed.

The teacher agreed, but left after the school also failed to pay him.

Sebotse denied all the allegations but the department nonetheless launched an investigation after receiving a letter of complaint from Duvenhage, who also petitioned the education ministry to intervene.

Departmental spokesperson Jasper Zwane confirmed the investigation.

– Caxton News Service

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