IN a move that is likely to send shivers down the spines of corrupt school authorities, a headmaster at Colleen Bawn High School in Gwanda is being investigated by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education for suspected mismanagement and abuse of funds.
The headmaster, Mafuna Ncube, is also alleged to have looted goods that were donated to the school by well-wishers.
According to parents who spoke to B-Metro in separate interviews, Ncube is feared to have swindled the school of “huge” sums of money.
It is reported that the matter came to light after the headmaster in question and his deputy nearly exchanged blows after the latter accused the former of corruption and mismanagement of school funds.
“The school has bought a number of assets and basic commodities during the advent of plastic money but the headmaster was not reporting back to the School Development Committee (SDC) on how procurements were done so as to ensure accountability in the administration of the funds,” a disgruntled parent who preferred anonymity said.
Parents also complained that the headmaster was abusing school property for his personal business.
“The school does not have a generator at the moment as it is being used at his shop in Gwanda town. The school’s guillotine machine was also sold to a private firm in Bulawayo. A crane came to the school to load the machine that was then taken away. A jojo tank, part of six that were donated to the school, was brought back after investigations started.
“The school truck is now grounded and he was using it for his personal business. PPC also donated cement to the school and it just vanished without trace though some teachers revealed that it was taken to his shop in Gwanda for sale,” added another parent.
Ncube is also accused of nepotism after he allegedly employed his three relatives without approval from the SDC.
“He (Ncube) also employed his relatives without the SDC’s knowledge,” said a former SDC member who also preferred anonymity.
When reached for comment Ncube, although he said was not allowed to speak to the Press, however, confirmed that officials from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education visited his school for investigation.
“The matter is under investigation after the District School Inspector visited the school at the behest of the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and as such I’m not allowed to comment about it,” said Ncube.
Meanwhile, efforts to get a comment from SDC chairperson Tavengwa Mhene were fruitless as his mobile phone went unanswered.
The provincial education director for Matabeleland South Lifias Masukume confirmed the incident saying investigations were being carried out at the school over alleged mismanagement of funds by the headmaster.
“I can confirm that there is an investigation that is being carried out at Colleen Bawn High School after being alerted by a whistle blower,” he said.