Batlile Phaladi
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23 Jun 2015
9:00 am

Roodepoort Primary School back in the dock

Batlile Phaladi

Community members and parents of pupils at Roodepoort Primary School in Davidsonville, Johannesburg are up in arms because they allege black teachers who are teaching their children Afrikaans, are not competent.

Parents of pupils at the Roodepoort Primary sit outside the school waiting for feedback from Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi who earlier visited the school about the ongoing racial allegations, Roodepoort Primary, 22 June 2015. The parents did not want to speak to the media or have any pictures taken. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

The parents took to the school on Friday, also protesting against the black principal’s alleged plan to “hire more black teachers and not renewing the contracts of eight coloured teachers”.

Earlier this year Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi shut down the school temporarily because of protest action after a financial services firm found the school guilty for mismanagement of funds. Following the investigation, Lesufi took a decision to dissolve the School Governing Body.

On Friday Lesufi said that he would take harsh action should the community continue to disrupt schooling.

The MEC said he received a phone call from the school saying that some community members were threatening to burn part of the school should he fail to remove the black principal and teachers.

However, yesterday the community denied ever making such demands.

“The MEC does not listen to us, he communicates with the principal instead. He does not want to listen to our grievances as parents.

“We have a lot of problems at the school. Now since the principal came, our children’s school fees went up by R400.”

Community members said before the principal came, learners paid R800 a year and now they are paying R1 200 a year.

Lesufi visited the school yesterday, but he refused to talk about the details of the meeting to The Citizen.

He said he was yet to make a decision.

About the competency of teaching, one disgruntled father said he checked his child’s Afrikaans exam paper and was not happy.

“How can a teacher who teaches Grade 7’s make such obvious mistakes,” he asked.

In one of the paper shown to The Citizen, the teacher asked learners the following : “Se hoe heirdie plakkat jou sal voel as jy die vilgende was… “, instead of ” Se hoe hierdie plakkaat jou sal laat voel as jy die volgende was.( Describe how would you feel if you were one of the following).

The teacher concerned however refused to comment as he said he was not allowed to speak to the media. –