PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Mpongwe Member of Parliament (MP) Gabriel Namulambe has allegedly instructed the head teacher at Minsongwe Secondary school Alex Chipatela not to allow members of the opposition political parties to be part of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) executive.
But when contacted for a comment, Mr Namulambe said he did not want to be trivial and comment on issues of the school PTA executives.
Namulambe’s instruction to stop opposition members from being part of the PTA executive comes after NAREP losing candidate for the Mpongwe-parliamentary by-election Reagan Ndhlovu was elected Minsongwe Secondary school PTA chairman last month.
Mr Ndhlovu said after being elected chairman at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the PTA executive was set to hold a meeting yesterday (Friday),but was shocked to be told by the head teacher that Mr Namulambe had given him instructions not to allow opposition members to be part of the PTA executive.
“Last month, i was elected to be chairman of the Minsongwe Secondary school and we were set to hold a meeting yesterday, but i was shocked to be told by the head teacher that i could not attend the PTA meeting because the area MP, Mr Namulambe had instructed him not to allow the opposition members to be part of the PTA executive.
“I informed other members of the PTA executive who expressed disgust and wondered whether government schools were only for the PF members. According to what i know, PTA is for all parents who have children at that school regardless of political affiliations,” Mr Ndhlovu said.
The PTA meeting took place without Mr Ndhlovu who decided to go and see the DEBS who is reportedly to have expressed surprise at the instructions given by the area MP to the head teacher at the school.
And school head teacher Alex Chipatela said he could not comment on the matter, but referred all queries to the District Education Board Secretary (DEBS , a Mr Ndashe whom he had informed of the instructions he had received from Mr Namulambe.
“As Head teacher, i can’t comment on anything, but i have informed the DEBS of what happened yesterday when we were about to have a PTA meeting. Am sure he may be in a position to say something,” said the Head teacher, Mr Chipatela.
When contacted for a comment, Mr Namulambe said he did not want to be trivial to talk about the PTA meetings because his interest was to develop Mpongwe.
“I don’t even know the school you are talking about, i don’t even know the head teacher you are talking about and so i can’t comment on that issue. In short i don’t want to be trivial,” Mr Namulambe said.