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Bloem school management accused of mismanaging funds

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Parents at Olympia Primary School in Bloemfontein have accused the school of mismanaging tens of thousands of rands of the school’s budget.

They’ve raised the alarm over clogged toilets and urine logged floors, which, they say, has created an unsafe situation for learners at the school.

YNews has seen screenshots of an account allegedly belonging to the school, showing that officials had spent school money on Chicken Licken and at a garage, despite the school’s vehicles allegedly not being in working condition.

The allegations are part of a long list of parents’ complaints as waste continues to pile up in the school yard and taps run dry for days on end — while learners have allegedly been subjected to drinking water from an open Jojo tank.

YNews has seen first hand the shocking state of toilets at the school, which have not been closed off to learners despite the water and faecal matter running through the floor.

The school’s acting principal, Maggie Lebakeng, has blamed the ground staff for the blocked toilets and unsafe conditions at the school.

She says the cleaning staff disregards her instructions on the maintenance of the school property.

Parents are meanwhile demanding urgent intervention from the Free State Education Department to a situation, they say, has left their children unsafe.

They are accusing the school’s management of playing the blame game and failing to take responsibility for the dire situation.

YNews is awaiting a response from the education department. Written by Naomi Kobbie

 

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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