Its back to classes at troubled Klipspruit High

Taking no-nonsense. Both MEC’s Panyaza Lesufi and Jacob Mamabolo (left) have given strict orders to the school and dissolved the governing board.

This follows the intervention of MEC in Gauteng Panyaza Lesufi and counterpart Jacob Mamabolo, MEC for Infrastructure & Development, respectively.

Both MEC’s attended the cleaning campaign at the school on Monday as part of “I Care, We Care” programme aimed at fighting the destruction of public property.

Last month residents protested against the department of education for its failure to hire a principal at the school‚ where they forcefully removed a black principal.

As a result the entire school governing body has been resolved.

“I am expecting teaching to resume today Tuesday. The four teachers who were barred at the school‚ should be allowed to go back‚” Lesufi said in an interview with Radio 702 on Tuesday.

“I am advising all parties involved to resolve the impasse immediately. We must not get tired of building non-racialism‚” Lesufi said.

Lesufi said the department will implement the following measures as part of normalising the situation:

  • An interim management structure will be established to stabilise the school. Four officials from head office working with the acting principal will fill the management vacuum at the school. The team’s expertise includes school management‚ quality assurance and labour relations. The Minister of Basic Education is still reviewing the process that led to the appointment of the principal.
  • The Human Rights Commission will hold public hearing into allegations of racism at the school.
  • The firm Ernst & Young has been appointed and commenced with the forensic investigation into alleged financial irregularities and governance matters.
  • Due to the impending final NSC exams‚ the department has decided to withdraw all Grade 12 learners from the school. Alternative arrangements have been made for the learners to attend a camp until they write their final exams.

MEC Mamabolo also lambasted the parents for interfering with the learners programme and asked why jeopardize their future for so called ‘black principal?’

Meanwhile, police will continue patrolling and monitoring the situation at Klipspruit High, following intimidation reports.


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