Joy as Bisley teachers return

2015-03-31 00:00

BISLEY Primary School pupils welcomed back their suspended teachers and principal yesterday with hugs and tears of joy.

The three teachers and principal Segren Pillay had been suspended last year on allegations of abuse after a report, suspected to have been filed by deputy principal Vusi Khanyile, was sent to the Education Department.

Parents staged protests outside the school throughout their three-month suspension, claiming the substitute teachers who had replaced the suspended teachers were “incompetent”.

The term of their suspension came to an end on February 26, but they were told to only return to school yesterday.

A Bisley teacher, who would not be named, said the pupils were overjoyed when they saw the suspended teachers and the principal enter the gates.

“There was a lot of commotion this morning [yesterday]. The children were thrilled. They were gathering around the teachers, hugging them and hugging each other. You could see how happy they were to have them back,” said the teacher.

“As soon as classes began, the school management was called in for a meeting with representatives from the Department of Education on how to proceed.

“I think the theme is to reconcile, let bygones be bygones, and that everyone should try to work together.”

The source said, however, that many of the teachers were still on edge and were unhappy that Khanyile remained in his post at the school.

Pillay called a staff meeting and is reported to have told everyone to try to get along, without any disruptions.

The source said a major problem facing the school now was the discipline of the children who had had their schooling disrupted many times over the course of the three months due to the suspensions, protests by their parents, and the alleged incompetence of the substitute teachers.

“Pillay will be dealing with a lot of disciplinary problems among some of the children due to all the disruptions, but the good news in all of this is that everyone is back in harness,” the teacher said.

All Pillay would say was that they were officially back in their posts from yesterday, and were glad to be back at school.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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