Klipspruit: Teachers agree to return to work

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Gauteng Education Department says it has reached an agreement with the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) leadership that all educators from Klipspruit-Wes Secondary School will return to their posts.

The department on Tuesday said this also includes those who were participating in a sympathetic withdrawal from about 30 schools in Eldorado Park.

“Sadtu expressed its satisfaction on interventions implemented by the department to restore functionality at Klipspruit-Wes Secondary School,” said the department.

The department has also put intervention measures in place to ensure safety at the school.

Security personnel have been deployed to the school for access control. “No one will be allowed onto the school premises if they don't have business at the school.”

The department said community members will under no circumstance be allowed to prevent educators from accessing the school. Allegations of racism will be investigated by the South African Human Rights Commission soon.

Community protests were sparked after a black principal was appointed at the school. The department has now appointed an acting principal. A task team of three officials from Head Office will also assist the acting principal with school governance, curriculum and support on management issues.

According to the department, the South African Police Service (SAPS) has assured visibility at the school.

Education MEC Panyanza Lesufi said he is hopeful that the intervention will yield positive results and the department will continue to monitor the situation.

"We are happy that there is progress in our efforts to bring back normality at the said school."

The task team has a responsibility to report on progress made at the school. - SAnews.gov.za

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