Parents block entrance to Meadowlands school

2017-03-16 19:14
Kwa-Phalo Primary School in Meadowlands was closed by protesting parents today. (Sisa Canca, News24)

Kwa-Phalo Primary School in Meadowlands was closed by protesting parents today. (Sisa Canca, News24)

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Johannesburg - Parents of pupils at Kwa-Phalo Primary School in Meadowlands, Soweto, blocked the entrance to the school on Thursday, preventing staff and pupils from entering.

About 50 disgruntled parents locked the gate and burned a tyre at the entrance calling for the school's principal to be dismissed.

"When we arrived here just before 07:30, we were told not to [go] inside. The parents were claiming that their grievances were not being heard nor addressed," said a teacher who asked to remain anonymous.

Teachers said they later requested that representatives from the basic education department be granted access to the school so that they can deal with the matter. The teachers also wanted to be granted entry so that even if they could not teach, they could at least mark papers.

At noon there were about six teachers inside the school but no pupils were present.

Parents alleged that there is corruption at the school.

Anger over samp

They said the department of education had promised to report back to them on Wednesday on the allegations of corruption. Instead, they were informed that a report on their concerns would be given at a later date, which prompted the protest.

They said their requests for meetings about corruption at the school had not been honoured.  They say they raised the issue with the education department at district level.

Parents said they were also angry that pupils allegedly only got samp to eat at the school.  

The school's principal Mrs Gemini Moloi declined to comment.

The department of basic education's district director for Johannesburg West could not be reached for comment.

The school has about 200 learners from grades R to 7.

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