Pupils disrupt classes at Stanger High

2017-03-22 06:04
Stanger High School pupils protested over the decision that their mathematics and geography teacher will be removed and replaced. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

Stanger High School pupils protested over the decision that their mathematics and geography teacher will be removed and replaced. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

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CLASSES were disrupted by pupils at Stanger High School, who were protesting against the removal and replacement of a Grade 12 mathematics and geography teacher on Friday.

According to pupils, the announcement that the teacher, whom they said is a foreign national, would no longer teach at the school and that a replacement teacher had already been appointed was announced on Thursday.

Pupils said they do not agree with the decision­ because, according to them the teacher who is being replaced employs the best teaching methods and goes the extra mile - teaching during break time and over weekends.

Pupils also said they believe the replacement of the teacher is xenophobic.

An allegation of racist behaviour by the principal towards school staff was also made by the pupils as they called for his removal.

KZN Department of Education (DoE) spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said the district DoE is attending to the matter.

“We don't replace teachers because they are foreigners­, we employ them as and [when] there is evidence that there is no South African that can be employed before him or her,” he said regarding pupils’ claims that the replacement is xenophobic.

Mahlambi did not respond to a question asking whether the decision to replace the teacher was made by the KZN Department of Education and if so, what were the reasons for that
decision.

KwaDukuza SAPS spokesperson, Warrant
Officer Johannes Khoza said on Monday
pupils were back at school and classes had resumed uninterrupted.

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