Roodepoort Primary School to be temporarily closed - Makhura

2015-08-14 21:07
Gauteng Premier David Makhura  (Photo: supplied)

Gauteng Premier David Makhura (Photo: supplied)

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Johannesburg - The troubled Roodepoort Primary School is to be temporarily closed from Monday, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Friday.

Addressing a community meeting at the school, Makhura, accompanied by Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi and other officials, threw down the gauntlet. He challenged the community to allow their children's education to continue uninterrupted and to restore peace to the school.

He said the school would be temporarily closed next week and transport would be provided for the pupils to attend other schools.

"The children who want to go to school... will go to school on Monday and the teachers are going to be sent to the different schools to go and support these children... in the meantime."

The school would be closed until the violence subsided, said Makhura. 

"These children have lost. They're still in April in terms of the curriculum. We are going to put together a special intervention programme to [help them] catch up."

It was also decided that a mediation team, comprised of pastors, would be established. He said community members who had grievances could approach the team.

The decision follows two recent incidents at the school. A petrol bomb was thrown at the deputy principal's car, and an armed person attempted to enter the school looking for the principal.

The present problems were preceded by months of clashes between parents over the school's governance and financial management.

The school has also been the site of several violent protests. Parents of the pupils allegedly want a coloured principal and had claimed that the process of appointing black principal Nomathemba Molefe was flawed.

A small group of those at the community meeting were unhappy that they did not have the chance to address Makhura. They had apparently been told earlier they would have the opportunity to do so.

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