Rivonia principal pleads not guilty

2012-09-12 10:02

Johannesburg - A school principal charged with insubordination has pleaded not guilty at her disciplinary hearing, The Star reported on Wednesday.

Rivonia Primary School head Carol Drysdale pleaded not guilty after failing to follow a Gauteng education department instruction, the newspaper reported.

The department instructed the school to enrol a Grade 1 pupil last year after the pupil was placed on a waiting list as the school was full and the pupil's application was late. The school refused.

Department legal representative Qiniso Zwane said the school did not follow its own admission policy with the pupil.

Following a head count at the school, there were 24 pupils in each Grade 1 class versus the 30 stated in the policy, reported the newspaper.

Drysdale's legal representative Dion Masher argued this did not take into account that the admission policy also stated a grade could not have more than 120 pupils, with the five Grade 1 classes totalling 120 pupils.

The matter went to the South Gauteng High Court, which ruled that it was up to the provincial department, not the school governing body, to determine the school's maximum enrolment.

The case continues.

  • glenda.smith.5454 - 2012-09-12 10:37

    Our schools are already packed to capacity. How do we give our children a good education when there are too many children in a class, especially at foundation phase? It would appear that the Education Department does not care about our children's future and resort to bully tactics. Thumbs up to Carol Drysdale for protecting ALL our children's futures. She has thirty years of experience with education, how many years has Angie Moeseka got?

      michael.barns.1 - 2012-09-12 10:51

      You are missing the point Glenda, a government school does not set the limit for the amount of students in a class, the provincial department does that. If the department says its 24 then so be it, if its 30 then so be it. I went to a government school and we had 30 pupils in a class... did you go to a government school, do your children? And really all this fuss and bad publicity over 1 extra child, seems like your fabeled Carol Drysdale is not that smart after all.

      peter.ndamase - 2012-09-12 11:19

      30yrs means nothing if you cannot adapt to the changes and the current challenges that this Education system is facing. Unfortunately this case will be turned into a political football while the issue here is the kid that was wrongfully denied a basic thing, education. I doubt if you know anything about public school system.

      nkosinathi.maseko.39 - 2012-09-12 11:32

      Our school? Who is 'our' in this case?

  • ludlowdj - 2012-09-12 10:48

    Pity they don't spend as much time and effort ensuring pupils get their texts books before they actually retire we wouldn't be in such a mess, but I suppose as long as they can keep the electorate uneducated and ignorant they are happy.Of course this whole case is being promoted as the normal "The evil whites preventing a kid from getting an education" they are so good at. The truth is that if the black masses were educated, they would lynch the very leaders they have voted for.

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-09-12 11:40

    sure this evil principal is white

      ordinary.guy.520 - 2012-09-12 12:05

      What is her being white have anything to do with this issue? The kid concerned is also white. And for the record this school probably has about 60/70 % black pupils. Why does it have to be about race, dimwit?

      Alan - 2012-09-12 12:08

      And you are black, so what.

      sybil.schneider.96 - 2012-09-12 14:37

      Who's the RACIST HERE!!! Cool it dude! The principal made that school what it is today. Don't start talking when you know nothing about the whole incident. And stop being such a fricking RACIST!!!!!!

  • angela.malamlela - 2012-09-12 11:54

    What about the other children on the waiting list ahead of her, should the principal have just pushed her ahead of the line? "whites only" please do yourself a favour ---and get a life!

  • glenda.smith.5454 - 2012-09-12 12:37

    @michael.barns ... yes I did attend a government school, and my children a Model C school. My question is simply this, how do you teach a class of seven year olds that is filled to capacity. It is NOT an easy task and I take my hat off to teachers who have to deal with this.Children that are learning at Foundation phase have to learn the basics of reading, writing and arithmatic,they need individual attention. Now, try and imagine giving individual attention to 24 or even 40 seven year olds.Carol stuck to her principles, so if you allow one child in, you can allow more ... at what price? Peter Ndamase, I agree with you, our children are bearing the brunt of this fiasco, but do we forfeit our childrens education by allowing the Department of Education to do what they like? If they win this case, imagine what will happen to our schools then. At Nkosinathi, "our" means ALL the children of South Africa, yours and mine, they all deserve an education, so that our country can benefit in the long run. Hitler once said: "Let me control the text books, and I will control the country". I may have misquoted, but think I am pretty much on the mark here. Our government is keeping our youth dumb for a reason!

  • graeme.gallichan - 2012-09-12 13:38

    There are always people who want to turn this into a Black and White issue. You only have to visit Rivonia Primary to see that this is not the case. There are children of all different races and colours that get on well. This is a non-racial school. What this has to do with is this Governments and Education Departments incompetence’s. They should have built more schools instead of trying to push more children into already full schools. It is a joke that they do this to one of their most successful Principal’s. Rather spend that money and time sorting out all their under performing schools.

  • graeme.gallichan - 2012-09-12 14:27

    @peter.ndamase. I can see you now nothing about this issue. This kid was in school and then moved to Rivonia Primary. It is all about politics and who you know. If you know everything about the public school system, please go and help the GDE because they are clueless. It is actually a sorry state of affairs.

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