Teacher driven out, still waiting for probe

2010-12-21 00:00

NO progress has been made in the case involving a KwaPata teacher called from duty by the Education Department earlier this year, after a mob of parents gathered at Khethindlelenhle primary school.

The parents have accused the teacher of swearing at pupils and throwing stones at them.

He is also accused of locking the community out of the school, as well as acting “high and mighty” and not greeting parents.

While the KZN Department of Education claims to be conducting investigations, the teacher has been at home for the past six months, drawing a full salary.

In June, The Witness reported that the teacher was confronted by a mob purportedly made up of parents and community members, who were demanding to see the teacher during school time.

When the teacher refused to meet the crowd, requesting rather that representatives sit down and talk with him in a “civilised” manner, the mob allegedly became violent. The teacher’s car was subsequently damaged when he tried to leave the premises to report to the department.

Speaking to The Witness recently, the frustrated teacher said since the incident, he has been called in once to meet the inspector appointed to initiate the investigations.

While the chief inspector in his circuit had taken a statement, he has not been interviewed.

“As far as I’m concerned, these are serious allegations against me, but not once have I been asked about it.

“I’m being told to ‘sit home and relax’ when my name is being defamed. How can I relax? There has not been anything formal to tell me that ‘we investigated this from this day to that and this is what we found’.”

At the time, the teacher felt that parents were incited by certain other teachers at the school, as well as by certain members of the school governing body (SGB) he has exposed for corruption.

The teacher was deployed as deputy principal at Khethindlelenhle Public Primary School in February.

He claimed that since his arrival at the school, he has been made to feel unwelcome by teachers who wanted the same position.

He told of teachers conducting personal business during school time, his reining in of teachers who were constantly late, teachers who chatted when they were supposed to be teaching, as well as the SGB that allegedly collected raffle money that was never accounted for and claiming for hours worked in their capacity as the SGB, allegedly collected out of the school purse.

The chairperson of SGB has denied these allegations. He added that he bore no prior knowledge of the gathering to drive the teacher out. He said parents were angry about this teacher’s conduct, and that they questioned why the teacher had been deployed from so many other schools.

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