'Khanyile was hostile’

2014-12-01 00:00

MAYHEM continued at Bisley Park ­Primary School at a heated assembly on Friday morning when the acting principal threatened to expel pupils if they acted against school policy.

An altercation broke out when a teacher reprimanded Vusi Khanyile for threatening the pupils, said a teacher who asked that she not be named.

“The teacher remained seated and spoke calmly, but Khanyile turned to her and asked, ‘Is that a challenge?’ to which she replied, ‘Yes’. He turned back to the pupils and told them he would ‘deal with her’ with the department later,” said the teacher.

Khanyile was made acting principal last week after the incumbent and three ­teachers were suspended. His ­appointment is being opposed by ­remaining teachers, who claim that ­correct procedures were not followed.

“He told them [the pupils] he is the principal and he has all the powers. He spoke loudly and aggressively, and his body posture suggested aggression,” said the teacher.

It is understood that Khanyile held behind Grade 7 pupils at the assembly and asked them who opposes him. Four girls raised their hands and Khanyile allegedly locked them in his office for questioning, said another teacher.

She said the pupils’ parents were called in.

“There was drama because the parents were very angry. After the meeting he withdrew his remarks and said the girls would no longer be expelled. I feel absolutely sick. The whole situation is crazy.”

A parent said Khanyile called her saying that her daughter had told him that she doesn’t like him. She said when she got to the school, he had a different version.

“Khanyile threatened me on the phone that he had called the Department of Education to expel my daughter because she is against him,” said the parent.

“Khanyile only wanted us to hear his side of the story as he did not want other teachers to be in the meeting. He is using pupils to fight his battles. We feel like the department is letting us down.”

In one of a string of letters sent to The Witness, a Grade 7 pupil wrote: “I’m strongly against Mr Khanyile for being acting principal. He embarrassed me in front of the class. What he does in the school is very wrong.”

Meanwhile at the weekend, parents and pupils placed posters citing their disapproval of Khanyile on the school fence.

One poster reads: “Our teachers are wrongfully accused. Bring them back now.”

Khanyile would not comment, referring The Witness to the Education Department.

Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said: “We are very worried about the chaos that has been going on in Bisley. We are closely monitoring the situation and we hope to find a solution quickly.”

• khanyisani.dlomo@witness.co.za

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