“Judas” educator chased away

2015-10-22 06:00
Parents protested at Samora Machel Primary School against a teacher whom they accuse of misbehaviour, on Monday.

Parents protested at Samora Machel Primary School against a teacher whom they accuse of misbehaviour, on Monday.

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Classes ground to a standstill at Samora Machel Primary School on Monday, after parents protested outside the gates against a teacher whom they accussed of being a back-stabber.

Thuso Wonga, chairperson of the School Governing Body, said the protest-which saw learners being turned back home-was fuelled by allegations that a Miss Makhaluza is using trickery to obtain a post of principal at the school.

The parents now demand that the Western Cape Department of Education (WCDE) remove her from the school.

It was reported that Makhaluza was left bitter after she failed to make it to the shortlist of candidates for the principal’ s post and that she is challenging the descision.

Wonga said Makhaluza initially persuaded the family of a learner-who was allegedly assaulted by the then principal-to re-open the grievance against her, which then resulted in the latter being fired from the school in 2013.

“The aim for her action was to position herself to take the post after the principal had been fired,” he added.

The protesting parents also alleged that she threatened her colleagues-whom she sees as a challenge for the post, undermines school management and also opposes every development coming to the school.

“We do not want her at the school. She puts her needs first and undermines the community. The former principal was fired because of her.

She disrupts everything in the school and causes disorder. We cannot tolerate her behaviour anymore. She is undermining us. We understand her rights of raising her concerns about development coming here, but we do not like way she conducts herself. She is disrupting every process here,” Wonga said.

Wonga said the teacher “does not even qualify for the position” as the criteria states it clear that someone who wants to apply for the position of being the school principal must be someone who has at least five years experience as the deputy principal.

The position for principal is still vacant.

Classes resumed on Tuesday after a decision taken in a meeting on Monday evening.

But a group of parents also gathered in front of the gate to ensure that the teacher does not set her foot in the school.

Xolani Joja, Sanco chairperson in the area, said they will protest until the teacher in question is removed from the school.

“She is dividing the school management and doing all negative things here. She is politicking instead of teaching. We want her to leave the school and we will protest until she is removed,” Joja said.

Joja also said the teacher persuaded a family of a learner who was allegedly assaulted by Koti to re-open the case against her which resulted to her being fired.

He said her intention was to get the post.

Jessica Shelves, spokesperson for Debbie Schafer, MEC for Education, said an educator at the school reportedly filed a grievance regarding not being shortlisted for the post of principal at the school. “The outcome of the grievance was that the post must be re-advertised. The SGB had a meeting with parents on Friday (16th October) evening and the same parents were there this morning (Monday) to prevent the educator from entering the premises. The parents are reportedly blaming the alleged educator for the post not being filled,” Shelves said. She also said the WCED officials are trying to work with the SGB to determine a way forward

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