Union fin­gered in ap­point­ment of black prin­ci­pal

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - TANKISO MAKHETHA

KLIP­SPRUIT West res­i­dents are de­mand­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the process that led to the ap­point­ment of a black prin­ci­pal at a high school, which sparked out­rage in the com­mu­nity.

The Pa­tri­ots For Equal­ity (PFE) said a full-scale in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Depart­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion would show ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the ap­point­ment of a black prin­ci­pal at Klip­spruit West Se­condary School.

Anthony Wil­liams of the PFE yes­ter­day said the com­mu­nity was ea­gerly await­ing con­fir­ma­tion for a meet­ing from the Gaut­eng Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (GDE) to find a way for­ward and re­solve the im­passe.

Wil­liams said one of the core is­sues that needed at­ten­tion was the role of the SA Demo­cratic Teach­ers Union (Sadtu) in the ap­point­ment of prin­ci­pals and their deputies.

“We are wait­ing for a meet­ing with them, which has been sched­uled for next week, where we will sit and dis­cuss the out­stand­ing is­sues, in­clud­ing is­sues with Sadtu about its op­er­a­tion of Vat Alles (take every­thing),” Wil­liams told The Star.

“The whole process of ap­point­ing a new prin­ci­pal has been with­drawn and can­celled,” he said. “Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Angie Mot­shekga will have to in­sti­tute a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion to as­sess where the process went wrong and where it was flawed. Un­til that process has un­folded and is com­plete, there will be no prin­ci­pal com­ing to this school. The act­ing prin­ci­pal can, how­ever, con­tinue in that po­si­tion.”

Mean­while, the com­mu­nity and the GDE have re­solved that school­ing will con­tinue un­in­ter­rupted while the depart­ment con­tin­ues to in­form the pub­lic of de­tails of the agree­ment be­tween the two par­ties.

The depart­ment said MEC Panyaza Le­sufi would en­sure that the Gaut­eng gov­ern­ment en­gaged the com­mu­nity on other so­cio-eco­nomic is­sues af­fect­ing the res­i­dents.

Depart­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion spokesper­son Eli­jah Mh­langa said Mot­shekga would not be in a po­si­tion to in­sti­tute an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of that na­ture, as she was yet to go through a re­port given to her by the GDE.

“Once the min­is­ter has gone through the re­port, she will meet with the com­mu­nity and in­ter­vene ac­cord­ingly, whether this means she needs to in­sti­tute an in­ves­ti­ga­tion or take any other steps, but she can­not do any­thing un­til she has stud­ied the re­port,” he said.

Asked about what would hap­pen to the prin­ci­pal who was ap­pointed at the be­gin­ning of the school term, Mh­langa said: “That is a mat­ter to be con­sid­ered as part of the re­port given to the min­is­ter by the GDE; we can­not pre­de­ter­mine the out­come. She re­ceived the re­port on Tues­day,” he added.

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