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education thumb100 Sunday Times Daily reports that the Limpopo education department has reprimanded a circuit manager for asking schools for donations to pay for wifi connectivity and stationery consumables for his office.

This followed the issuing of a letter, signed by a principal of a committee of the Soutpansberg East circuit office, requesting principals of 25 schools falling under the control of circuit manager Falaza Baloyi to donate R2,200 each for circuit functions. Among other things, the money was to be used to pay for wifi for the circuit office and to settle an outstanding balance of about R16,000 owed to a stationery supplier for toners and ink. The letter, dated 24 March and bearing the letterhead of the circuit office, was withdrawn by Baloyi after the provincial education department instructed him to do so. He was also ordered to refund all monies that were donated by the schools, which all fell into the quintile 1 to 3 category, or very poor schools. The National Association of School Governing Bodies (NASGB) in Limpopo lodged a complaint with the education department after being tipped off about the controversial request. Baloyi denied instructing schools to provide donations, saying principals agreed in a management meeting at which he was present to make the request. Limpopo education department spokesperson Tidimalo Chuene confirmed that circuit offices were not allowed to collect money from schools. She said the district director had held a meeting with Baloyi, “where he was reprimanded for the action”.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Prega Govender at TimesLIVE

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