BY BRYSON CHEDENGA
A planned demonstration by parents with children learning at Glenview 2 Primary School in Harare against the headmaster Jabulani Mpande who is facing several allegations flopped as police manned the school yesterday morning.
The parents had also agreed to boycott sending their children to school on Monday but in a clear sign of disunity some were seen in the morning doing the opposite.
Mpande is being accused of allegedly bedding a single mother and two other parents for their children to be enrolled at Glenview 2 Primary.
He is also accused of demanding sex from student teachers to allow them to sell sweets to pupils.
Parents feared to protest as police with teargas canisters was present around the school premises and some roamed around nearby houses.
“We are not going anywhere (we are not progressing), yesterday we agreed that no school today but we are seeing some parents taking their kids to school. This is being done by the people we know very much,”one parent said.
Meanwhile the parents are working on a petition that would be submitted to the Primary and Secondary Education ministry and the police where they accuse Mpande of arranging to buy a top range vehicle at an estimated cost of US$73 000 to allegedly conduct school business.
Every parent is allegedly expected to pay US$30 towards that.
The headmaster was also accused of awarding tenders to relatives and friends and allegedly increased remedial fees from US$1 per week to US$4.
“In light of the allegations we ask your esteemed offices to institute investigations urgently. We can’t stay a day longer with Mpande as the headmaster. We trust your important office will do justice to the parents, community and country at large and help restore the school to its former glory,”the parents said
Mpande told Chaminuka News24 that he had no time to respond to allegations.
“Can I respond to allegations? I am sorry I can’t,” he said.