School’s out for Xonti

2018-06-14 06:02
Irate residents protesting at Joe Slovo High last Thursday demanding new principal.PHOTO: unathi obose

Irate residents protesting at Joe Slovo High last Thursday demanding new principal.PHOTO: unathi obose

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Enraged parents at a Khayelitsha school protested the appointment of the new principal, saying it was illegal and did not get the nod of the School Governing Body (SGB).

Staff at Joe Slovo High School had to call in the police to intervene in the ensuing chaos­.

The parents were brandishing placards inside school premises demanding the removal of former acting school principal Boniswa Xhonti.

Fundiswa Madubela of the SGB, said: “The school has had an acting principal for four years.

“Last year, the SGB together with educators and department officials, conducted interviews for this position.

“We appointed the candidate, but haven’t heard of him since ... Instead we heard that the previous acting principal, Boniswa Xonti, has been appointed without our consent.”

Western Cape MEC for Education spokesperson Jessica Shelver explained that the nomination made by the SGB was not approved­.

“The principal’s post was first advertised on 12 February 2017. The deputy principal, Boniswa Xonti, was appointed as acting principal in the interim. There were no illegal appointments as claimed. The reasons for not approving the nomination made by the SGB were communicated to the school or SGB and District Office,” said Shelver, adding that the department was not obliged to disclose the reasons (to the public).

She said the delegated authority has approved the post for re-advertisement. “The post is currently being re-advertised,” said Shelver.

Parent Thembakazi Mankayi said their children were missing out on studies, because of the impasse. She also complained that some of the teachers were not doing their jobs properly, spending time away from the classroom or engaging in social media during lesson time.

“We are not sure what the problem is because the current acting principal does not attend our meetings whenever she is called.”

Mankayi, however, was adamant that the school staff continued to breach the school code of conduct.

Other grievances, according to her, included unfair disciplinary measures against their children, which the incumbent principal refused to discuss with parents, even as she was invited to meetings.

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