Chaos at school meeting

2014-11-28 00:00

A MEETING between Bisley Park ­Primary school’s governing body (SGB) and parents descended into chaos as ­angry parents banged the chairs and ­tables demanding the suspended teachers be reinstated.

Parents and teachers at the school also demand that acting principal Vusi Khanyile be removed from the post because “he’s not fit” to lead the school.

Khanyile assumed the role on Wednesday when the principal and another three teachers, were ­ordered to pack their bags and leave the school premises.

Yesterday morning parents, some of whom brought whistles, howled “bring back our suspended teachers” and “Khanyile must go”.

Police had to interfere in a vicious scuffle when a governing body attorney ordered Department of Education district officials to leave the hall because they were “not allowed to be in the meeting”.

There was no agenda for the meeting, which had no direction with many ­people speaking at the same time. Earlier, teachers stormed out of the meeting ­after a department official tried to ­address the crowd in Zulu.

It was clear that parents were divided over Khanyile as some chanted, “We want Khanyile”. A source said some of the parents had no children attending the school but were “invited by Khanyile to support him and disrupt the meeting”, although this was not confirmed.

Teachers made it clear that they wanted him out of the school premises. Amidst the mayhem, Khanyile was there smiling at his supporters with one hand in his pocket and another holding a file.

“I’m in charge of the school. Afford me an opportunity to defend myself. Allow me to speak,” he said to the SGB, who ordered him to leave the hall. He he refused, shaking his head in disgust.

The SGB instructed parents to write their names in a petition that would be sent to the department. But that resulted in another fight when an angry parent went to the table and tore up the paper. Parents started shouting at him. The ­police calmed the situation.

Khanyile refused to comment on allegations levelled against him.

Departmental spokesperson Sihle Mlothswa said he had not received a report from the district and therefore could not comment.

On Wednesday he said Khanyile’s appointment was “in line with the provisions provided in EEA no. 76 of 1998” and the “department never acts outside of policy”. He added the suspensions were ­done on orders from the head of department following an investigation that was conducted a few months ago.

Police had to interfere when Bisley Park Primary acting principal Vusi Khanyile and a parent exchanged strong words at a meeting yesterday morning.


Parents could be seen taking their children home because of safety concerns. Some said allegations of abuse and racism in the school should be thoroughly investigated.

One parent, Themba Ndaba, said: “The suspended teachers are the victims of circumstance and were competent. We are aggrieved and this is unfair.”


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