Back to School Back to RealityWritten by Callyn Marks
Despite a dramatic year, for Klipspruit West High School with racially charged protests against the appointment of black principal stability returns to the troubled high school.
The Gauteng Education Department has reinforced security at Klipspruit West Secondary School to ensure learning and teaching is not disrupted again on Thursday morning.
Educators who boycotted classes last week in solidarity with colleagues who've been barred from teaching amid allegations of misconduct have reported back for duty.
The on-going disputes saw the teachers union South African Democratic Teachers Union withdraw its members from the school and surrounding areas.
MEC Panyaza Lesufi met with the union this week where an agreement was reached that all educators would return to the classroom.
The Department confirmed that the grade 12 learners, who write their final exams in a month, have also been affected however arrangements have been made for a learning camp in preparation for the final NSC exam.
MEC Mamabolo also states that the department has spoken to the South African Democratic Teacher's Union to further ensure that all affiliated teachers, will be back in Eldorado Park. A concern of racism at the school is being investigated by the South African Human Rights Commission.
The Gauteng Education Department spokesperson Steve Mabona said Sadtu was satisfied with the intervention implemented by the department to restore functionality at Klipspruit West.
The interventions include: security personnel deployed to the school for access control, community members will not be allowed to prevent teachers from accessing the school, and the allegations of racism will be investigated by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). Mabona further added that the department had also appointed an acting principal.
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