Classes disrupted at Stanger High

2017-03-22 06:02

CLASSES were disrupted by pupils at Stanger High School who were protesting against the removal and replacement of a grade 12 mathematics and geography teacher on Friday morning.

According to the pupils, the announcement was made on Thursday, that the mathematics and geography teacher, whom they said is a foreign national, would no longer teach at the school and that a replacement teacher has already been appointed.

The pupils said they do not agree with this decision because according to them the teacher that is being replaced employs the best teaching methods and goes the extra mile - teaching during break time and over the weekends - to ensure pupils are educated.

Furthermore, the pupils said they are of the view that the teacher's replacement is xenophobic.

An allegation of racist behaviour by the school principal towards school staff was also made by the pupils as they called for his removal.

KZN Department of Education (DoE) spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said the district DoE is attending to the issue.

“We don't replace teachers because they are foreigners but we employ them as and there is evidence that there is no South African that can be employed before him or her. Fair discrimination,” he said regarding pupils claim that the replacement is xenophobic.

Mahlambi did not respond to a question asking whether the decision to replace the teacher was made by the DoE and if so what were the reasons for that decision.

KwaDukuza SAPS spokesperson, warrant officer Johannes Khoza said on Monday pupils were back at school and classes had resumed with no disruption.

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