A shocking incident has recently come to light at Lentegeur High School in Cape Town causing concern and outrage among parents and the community.
A parent stumbled across pictures on Facebook showing a maths teacher allegedly engaging in inappropriate behaviour with students.
These images depict the teacher allegedly providing drugs and alcohol to learners, as well as engaging in questionable conduct.
The now-deleted pictures posted on Facebook show the teacher with what appears to be a cannabis cigarette, commonly known as a ‘zol,’ in her mouth, while a student is seen lighting it.
The teacher is surrounded by a group of pupils, all seemingly smoking similar ‘joints.’ In another image, the teacher is seen drinking from a glass bottle resembling a popular cider brand. T
he accompanying caption reads, ‘Welcome to Lentegeur High, where the teacher gives us drugs, alcohol, and encourages us to indulge.’
A concerned parent, whose child is in Grade 11 at the school, expressed her shock and disgust upon discovering these pictures and comments.
She stated, ‘As a parent, I am scared and disgusted to know what our children are being exposed to and even encouraged to participate in. This teacher’s behavior is disgraceful, and it is no wonder that the school’s performance has been graded poorly by the department.’
The parent is deeply saddened that such a vital subject is being taught by an individual who allegedly engages in such inappropriate conduct.
She firmly believes that immediate action needs to be taken and threatens to mobilize the community to protest outside the school if necessary. ‘Enough is enough,’ she adds.
Upon contacting Lentegeur High, SurgeZirc SA was informed that the principal did not wish to comment on the matter. The teacher in question could not be reached for a response. However, spokesperson Bronagh Hammond from the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) confirmed that they are aware of the images and have initiated an investigation.
The WCED views the teacher’s alleged actions as highly inappropriate and not reflective of their values or those of the school.
Hammond further stated, ‘Based on the outcome of the investigation, disciplinary action could be taken.’ The WCED has also received additional images related to the incident, which will be presented to the Labour Relations directorate.
This incident has raised serious concerns about the safety and well-being of students at Lentegeur High School. It emphasizes the importance of maintaining high standards of professionalism and ethical behaviour among educators.
The community awaits the outcome of the investigation and hopes that appropriate action will be taken to ensure the welfare of the students and restore trust in the school.