By ERWIN CHLANDA
A former Yirara staff member says double standards applied by management to the 14 house parents often causes bad blood.
And the informant, speaking after the disclosure of problems at the college, says: “Management need to be harder on students. That needs to start at the top, with the principal. They are too soft.
“The kids get away with everything,” says the contact who spoke on the condition of not being named.
“The house parents are getting far more respect from the students than the teachers.”
However, some houseparents were given more latitude than others about taking kids out for treats and going on trips, “getting soft drinks or going to MacDonalds”.
Kids often come back from school with stories of unruly conduct while not being a problem in the 14 dorms.
“Kids who run amok,” whom the teachers could not handle, were sometimes sent to the dorms for detention under the eye of house parents, although supervising detention is a duty of the teachers.
House parents who “click with the kids” offered the college to assist teachers with stopping bad conduct in the classroom, but that was rejected by the management on the grounds of cost.
Management also declined offers from some house parents – who are doing an “awesome job” – of helping without extra pay.
The contact says there are several possible reason for tensions in the classroom, including promises being broken: “Management never sticks to anything. They say something but it often does not happen. Kids are told they’re going on a trip and then they are not.”
The source says teachers are disobeyed because they are “old-fashioned. They need young teachers, looking to the future”.
When offered the right of reply, Tim Stollznow, chairman of the board of directors of the Lutheran Finke River Mission, which runs the college, said: “Happy to speak with them. If they really wanted to help they would at least speak or contact me.”
IMAGES from the Yirara website.
By ERWIN CHLANDA