There are several issues that we have discussed and that myself and other parents have spoken to the principal about. He listened, and we the parents feel that our complaints have fallen on deaf ears.
On Tuesday I received my child’s Common Entrance results and thank God, all my dedication and hard work paid off because she passed for the top school in the south. Had it not been for me and her dad motivating her this wouldn’t have been possible.
Here are a few of our grievances and my reason for writing this letter on your platform.
1.At the commencement of the year the sport season begun at the school, where students were asked to leave class in order to train for the sports meet, and my daughter included. They would be away from class every day and most times all day. This continue well pass the school house sports and ended when the inter-district sports meet concluded.
2. We the parents have spoken to the principal about the amount of time the children spend training and the effects it would have on their school work.
3. During the time when the other students were training for sports, those who remained in the class were at a disadvantage because they couldn’t go further with their studies because they had to wait on the athletes, so they just went over all they had learnt before.
4. We the parents feel that this is not the manner in which the situation should be handled. The principal should allow the children to remain in class to focus on their studies and at least at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. be taken to training with the consent of the parents. We break our backs working so that our children will receive an education, not spend most of their time preparing for sports.
5. At this school the children who perform exceedingly well don’t receive praise for their performances, instead they are made to sit back and watch while parties are been thrown for the athletes and awards ceremonies are held in their honour. In other words if you don’t take part in sports you don’t get praise.
6. There also have been several incidents where children have entered the school with concealed weapons. There have also been stabbings at the school. These incidents have never been made public and therefore was swept under the rug. Teachers and students have been verbally abused by a few of the students. In other words the school lacks a proper disciplinarian.
We feel that the principal should either shape up or ship out.