Our Nanny had to send her eldest son back to the Eastern Cape in January as his school had CANCELLED 2 of his subjects in his Matric year without notifying the parents. And tried to force him to take 2 brand new subjects in his Matric year.
Yesterday we get a call from her aunt saying the son has been suspended from his school and Nanny had to go to the EC to speak to the Principal otherwise he wouldn’t be allowed to write his exams.
So I Googled the school, but according to the Department of Education website they have no land line number. Phoned 1023, no number listed. In the end we called the Tourism Bureau (yes, believe it!) and the lady there managed to give us the Principal’s cell phone number.
He maintained that he will not allow her son to write his Matric exams if Nanny doesn’t present herself TO THE SCHOOL tomorrow morning. (Apparently the son arrived drunk at school with some of his friends.)
I then called the number last night to try and talk to him, but he put the phone down on me. Twice.
Part of me wants to think it is reasonable to expect the parent to present themself if their child is in trouble, but I mostly think that this man is on a massive, massive power trip. This is going to cost nanny a days’ income (she doesn’t want to compromise her leave days for December), a return bus ticket and time away from her other 2 boys.
There is something fundamentally wrong with the Education system in this country.