Rivonia principal pleads not guilty

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Johannesburg - A school principal charged with insubordination has pleaded not guilty at her disciplinary hearing, The Star reported on Wednesday.

Rivonia Primary School head Carol Drysdale pleaded not guilty after failing to follow a Gauteng education department instruction, the newspaper reported.

The department instructed the school to enrol a Grade 1 pupil last year after the pupil was placed on a waiting list as the school was full and the pupil's application was late. The school refused.

Department legal representative Qiniso Zwane said the school did not follow its own admission policy with the pupil.

Following a head count at the school, there were 24 pupils in each Grade 1 class versus the 30 stated in the policy, reported the newspaper.

Drysdale's legal representative Dion Masher argued this did not take into account that the admission policy also stated a grade could not have more than 120 pupils, with the five Grade 1 classes totalling 120 pupils.

The matter went to the South Gauteng High Court, which ruled that it was up to the provincial department, not the school governing body, to determine the school's maximum enrolment.

The case continues.

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