The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has dismissed claims that five teachers were removed from Nkankezi Primary School because of their failure to speak the local language, IsiNdebele fluently.
Some social media reports had claimed that the teachers were removed from the school located in Matabeleland South Province after parents made a call for them to be removed.
The director of communications and advocacy in the ministry, Taungana Ndoro said in the past fortnight, the Insiza District Schools Inspector (DSI) had been tasked with investigating the matter and reporting to head office. Said Ndoro:
The Ministry has finished an investigation on the matter where teachers were reportedly removed by parents at Nkankezi Primary School.
The position that we have is that no teachers have been removed at Nkankezi Primary School but rather remedial action has been taken to ensure that students are taught their mother language IsiNdebele.
Ndoro implored members of the public to desist from publicising incorrect information that causes alarm and despondency in the academic sector.
Last week education minister Cain Mathema said it was Government policy for pupils, especially at the ECD level, to be taught by someone fluent in their mother tongue.