Par­ents an­gry over Grade 1 pupil move

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - METRO - NOR­MAN CLOETE

THE prin­ci­pal of Sokhanyo Pri­mary school in Gugulethu is fac­ing a re­volt from within.

Thetha Sit­hole said par­ents toyi-toyied out­side the school on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day and shut down the school yes­ter­day.

Sit­hole said the drama started ear­lier this week when a Grade 1 teacher and the foun­da­tion phase, were told that their class­rooms would be moved.

“This teacher told me that she had al­ready cleaned her class­room and that she would not move. We de­cided to move the foun­da­tion phase classes closer to the ad­min block for safety rea­sons.”

The prin­ci­pal said teach­ers had been told the rea­son for the move at the end of last year and again on Mon­day when teach­ers re­turned.

The foun­da­tion phase classes were at the back of the school and were be­ing moved closer to the front.

Sit­hole said on Wed­nes­day, par­ents came to the school with their own locks and barred him from en­ter­ing.

“I went to the po­lice sta­tion and at the same time the district of­fi­cials also ar­rived and they had a meet­ing with the par­ents. The Grade 1 teacher also had a meet­ing with the of­fi­cials,” said Sit­hole.

Sit­hole said when he was fi­nally al­lowed into his of­fice, par­ents stormed into the ad­min block and de­manded that he leave the school.

Sit­hole said the an­nounce­ment that the school would be closed yes­ter­day came from an act­ing HOD and not the prin­ci­pal.

West­ern Cape Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment spokesper­son, Bron­agh Ham­mond con­firmed that district of­fi­cials vis­ited the school. A case of as­sault is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Classes will re­sume on Mon­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.