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Milton High School headmaster faces $10,000 swindle charge

by Auxilia Katongomara
31 Oct 2015 at 10:56hrs | Views
SUSPENDED Milton High School head William Ncube allegedly swindled the institution of more than $10,000 and routinely flouted sound governance procedures, a Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education charge sheet reveals.

Ncube was suspended together with his deputy Nosizi Muleya last Friday following a damning report that exposed the rot at the school.

According to a letter dated October 23 outlining the charges against Ncube and signed by the district education officer Jane Ndebele, the ministry is charging him with misconduct.

"Following receipt of a report alleging misconduct on your part, I have to inform you that a charge of misconduct should be preferred against you," reads the charge sheet.

"You assigned Everson Paulos, Songqibo Dube, Sonny Nyathi driving duties between 0630hours and 1800hours instead of letting them do their core duties of teaching during the mentioned time. As an ex-officio member of the SDA, you failed to advise SDA members against collecting sitting allowances as there is no provision for such allowance in their operating statute SI 379 of 1998."

Ncube is accused of authorising the construction of a boom gate, guardroom and painting of a classroom at a total cost of $2,912 without holding finance committee meetings or following procurement procedures.

He was also accused of sending an unreasonable number of people, seven, to collect a kombi in Beitbridge thereby unnecessarily prejudicing the school of $310.

Ncube is also accused of receiving management incentives of $350 in May 2014 after the incentives had been banned.

Ncube is alleged to have also asked for an interest free loan of $2,150 from the SDA account for a chess competition in Durban in November 2014 and re-imbursed the money in February this year although terms and conditions for the loan were not spelt out.

The charge sheet further alleges that Ncube on top of the loan, also asked for an additional $300 pocket money and $73 for health insurance from the same account to do Nash business which was an unfair charge to the school.

"Between 8 January 2014 and 11 June 2014 you authorised the payment of incentives under various allowance titles namely driving head's H.O.D timetable, sports heads, sports teacher-in-charge, TIC clubs, master's token of appreciation, SDA workers token of appreciation thereby prejudicing the school a total amount of $6,886. This was an improper and unauthorised use of public funds," concludes the charge sheet.

Ndebele advised Ncube to submit a written reply to the allegations within 14 days of receipt of the letter.
Luphahla said Townsend Girls High school headmistress had not been suspended as we earlier reported, but was only ordered to return pupils' cell phones that she allegedly auctioned after confiscating them.

"We've assigned Malusi Mazibuko who was deputy head at Gifford High school and Sithabisiwe Philime a senior teacher from the same school as deputy head. They are caretaker heads because the school had to be run as it's examination time," said Luphahla.

Source - chronicle
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