Klipspruit school governing body dissolved over principal race row

FILE: Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi said an urgent intervention is needed to appoint the best candidate regardless of race. Photo: Gallo Images / Thapelo Maphakela

SOWETO - The school governing body (SGB) of Klipspruit West Secondary School in Soweto was dissolved on Wednesday, following protests over the appointment of a Black principal.

Learning and teaching were disrupted earlier this week, as parents demanded a coloured principal.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi held a meeting with the community on Wednesday night.

“This is our coloured people speaking for the coloured children. My child goes to Brixton school where children can’t even read,” said one parent.

The neighbourhood is ravaged by drug abuse and high levels of unemployment.

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The community said the matter had nothing to do with race, saying the process following by the school governing body to appoint the Black principal was flawed.

“Let's not beat around the bush. We are not happy with the appointment and we want to say to the MEC, we won’t allow it,” said a community member.

Lesufi said an urgent intervention is needed to appoint the best candidate regardless of race.

“The MEC will take all of the concerns that were raised here and then the MEC will go through the disputes that people have filed concerning the calibre of the SGB chair who presided over this process. In the next 72 hours, the MEC will pronounce who will be the next principal so that the principal can start on the 1st of August,” said Lesufi.

He condemned the disruption of schooling, stressing that educators who refuse to teach must be charged.

 

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