Teachers down tools at Greytown Primary

2019-04-10 06:00
photo: andile sithole Teachers from Greytown Primary called for the removal of a teacher they claim is abusive towards staff at the school.

photo: andile sithole Teachers from Greytown Primary called for the removal of a teacher they claim is abusive towards staff at the school.

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TEACHING came to a standstill at Greytown Primary after teachers protested outside the school yesterday morning, demanding the removal of an alleged abusive teacher.

More than 30 teachers from the school gathered in protest, carrying placards that claimed that teacher Ntombikayise Ngidi was a “bully” and has on numerous occasions “assaulted certain teachers in front of pupils”.

Learning was disrupted at the school as teachers refused to enter their classrooms.

Teachers, who did not want to be named, said the matter was reported at the Department of Education.

“She [Ngidi] does not want to follow the rules of the school. She does not do her work properly. Sometimes she leaves her class unattended. When other teachers approach her, she becomes violent and fights with us. In one incident she grabbed a cleaner and pushed her onto the floor in front of pupils.

“We reported the matter to the Department of Education early this year, but nothing was done about it. As teachers of Greytown Primary we want her removed from the school. We feel that she is bully. How can we work with a teacher of this calibre? The Department of Education needs to remove her from the school,” one of the teachers said.

Another teacher said officials from the Department of Education visited the school to try and remedy the situation.

“The officials interviewed her last month and promised to solve the issue at the school. However, it looks like she doesn’t want to conform to the rules of the department.

In a recent incident, one of the teachers was teaching in the class when Mrs Ngidi insulted her. She has also assaulted a cleaner at the school,” the teacher said.

When the Gazette arrived at the school, Ngidi was seen sitting in front of the classrooms.

When approached by the Gazette, Ngidi she said she would rather not comment and referred the matter to the principal of the school.

On Tuesday morning, the school principal and officials from the department held a meeting with the teachers at the school. Spokesperson for KZN Education Department, Sihle Mlotshwa said:“These are serious allegations. We are hoping for an amicably solution and are waiting for a response from district office.”

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