Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Official suspended after failed Grade 11's allowed into matric

By Nadia Samie
30 January 2007


Western Cape Education MEC Cameron Dugmore has requested the temporary suspension today of Jan Odendaal, a department circuit manager following the revelation that 50 Grade 11 learners who had failed were allowed to continue to Grade 12.

The learners, from Wesbank High School in Delft, reacted angrily yesterday to the news that they had to repeat Grade 11, locking the school gates and disrupting learning for the schools 1000 pupils.

Dugmore explained the problem to learners outside the school, saying that the circuit manager had acted in an improper way, and that learners who were not ready were promoted.

Provincial education spokesperson Gert Witbooi says that Dugmore returned to the school this morning to asses the situation. He told learners that they would have to lodge individual appeals. Some of the pupils are receiving counselling after one of them tried to commit suicide upon hearing that she would have to repeat Grade 11.

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