Roodepoort Primary School to reopen next week

2015-09-04 11:08
Roodepoort Primary School (Ahmed Areff, News24)

Roodepoort Primary School (Ahmed Areff, News24)

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Johannesburg - Roodepoort Primary School will be reopened next week, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Friday.

"We can say this morning without fear of contradiction that the school is in a position to be reopened," he told reporters and residents of Davidsonville, in Johannesburg.

"We know that there are outstanding issues, but reopening is our priority. The school will reopen on Tuesday and learners will resume [classes] with their teachers on Wednesday."

Makhura's decision followed recommendations by an independent mediation task team that was appointed to find solutions at the school.

The Davidsonville-based school, which has been mired in allegations of corruption and racism, was temporarily closed about three weeks ago. It was also the site of several violent clashes between residents and the police.

In the interim, some pupils were moved to Lufhereng Primary School in Soweto, while others went to churches and nearby halls for classes.

Makhura said there had been "tension and mistrust" and the work of the mediation team did not conclude with their report.

'Catch-up' plan

Counselling would also be provided to pupils and teachers.

"We need to heal the wounds. We would like to see all our people working together, [and in terms of]... allegations of misdemeanours and mishaps, we need to find solutions."

He said a "catch-up" plan would be in place to ensure the pupils were not disadvantaged in their education.

Parents and residents had claimed the appointment of the principal and her two deputies was irregular. They also claimed that two reports, one clearing their appointment and another clearing them of financial mismanagement, are incorrect.

Dr Molefe Tsele, from the mediation team, said that while the appointments were the "trigger event" for the unrest, the community had decided the most important issue that needed to be resolved first was the reopening of the school.

"The trigger event is a non-issue in so far as it can be seen as an obstacle to the reopening of the school," he said.

"The second phase of the mediation will visit that issue."

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