I DO not believe what I saw on The Herald front page on Thursday ("Exposed: East Cape's 100000 ghost pupils") is true – 100000 ghost pupils in the Eastern Cape schools is unbelievable. If it is true, why is the education department not charging the principals involved in the scam?
The law is there to correct those who do not respect it. Is the department afraid of labour unions or of school governing body federations? Were these figures tabled and verified in the Provincial Education Labour Relations Council (PELRC)?
A principal is appointed as an individual and is getting a salary as an individual. If the Eastern Cape education department is not taking drastic steps now, it must just close shop before other departments follow their example. Anybody who cooks numbers is a thief who must be charged and if found guilty be punished accordingly.
Thahla, Port Elizabeth