School closed after parent protests

2012-02-16 13:34

Durban - Ekukhoseleni Primary School, in Pinetown, was temporarily closed this week following a protest by parents, the KwaZulu-Natal education department said on Thursday.

"The school was brought to a standstill on Monday after a group of people closed the school gates with chains and padlocks, preventing educators and learners from entering," spokesperson Mbali Thusi said.

Parents staged the protest because they were unhappy with the way the principal was running the school.

Thusi said the department had noted a number of cases where parents had resorted to illegally closing schools following disagreements.

Department head Nkosinathi Sishi decided to temporarily shut the school, under the provision of section 16(4) of the South African Schools Act.

The section allowed this action in public schools in case of an emergency.

"I have reasonable grounds [to believe] that the unrest at the school poses a threat to staff as well as learners," Sishi said.

"The department would like to reiterate that closure of public schools by members of a community is at best militating against our vision as government and downright illegal."

- Are you there? What are your thoughts?

  • Marcell - 2012-02-16 13:42

    Schools can only close if it has something to do with the union.

      David - 2012-02-16 14:36

      The principal wanted all the children to be present every day and get more than 30% in their exams.

      procold2 - 2012-02-16 14:48

      you right david but this just goes to show why sa has not progressed in 20 yrs, the parents were taught to protest and now they teaching their kids, if you cant get what you want strike, burn, loot and carry on like a bunch of hooligans

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-16 13:58

    Get rid of the principle . FFS

      Sizah - 2012-02-16 14:18

      @gregory what the principal did is normal procedure, what u on about dude

  • an0nthinker - 2012-02-16 14:02

    So you withold education from your children & other peoples children because you don't like the principle? South African logic at its best.

  • kgomotso.radise - 2012-02-16 14:04

    People this is not pre 1994 where robust issues are solved by strikes & violence it 2012 to cry out loud. The are numerous avenues to make your voice heard but not closing the school.

      Charmaine - 2012-02-16 14:37

      The innocent must suffer with the guilty, until this war lays down it's burdens. Parents have every right, we are paying the educators. and I have met educators and Principals who are not fit to be in those posts. Amen

  • westlee.venter - 2012-02-16 14:05

    Why do you never hear of White parent protesting ??? O yeah wait – COZ THEIR AT WORK…!!!

      Nlgga - 2012-02-16 14:20

      IF I was stupid like you. I would probably say the reason do not strike they are busy forcing Tree-cutters to rape their wives at gun point and killing their step son's ??? how does that one sound Westlee?

      Sizah - 2012-02-16 14:26

      they never protest to anything coz the apartheid regime their parents good jobs & provided their kids with good schools & few blacks were given bantu jobs & bantu education thats why blacks resort to protest & all its the only way they are listen to, its ok give me thumbs down for telin it like it is your comment is just another form your double standards

      Karen - 2012-02-16 14:35

      Sizah - while they got a "Bantu" education, they still got an education. What do they have now? An education system that is ranked as one of the lowest in the world (behind Zimbabwe even) and mocked everywhere for it's low standards. We have had 8 (or is it 9?) major curriculum overhauls since 1994 - and each one has been a bigger disaster.

      Dane - 2012-02-16 14:35

      Lol! Actually you right!......Main reason why we don't strike is because first of all...Most work an 8 to 5 JOB! Secondly.........Where will we park?....Is parking supplied? ;)

      Sizah - 2012-02-16 14:43

      @Dane your statement is so true u guyz have cars, black on the othe hand they walk... Do u know WHY???

      lynsey.rimbault - 2012-02-16 14:47


      !r!3 - 2012-02-16 14:54

      i know why Sizah because your government is spending R100 million rand on parties and billions of rands on planes, so in other words your own people are making you suffer. You dont come here and blame whites, blame yourselves!!!!! You have had how many years to restore your lives but all you guys do is moan at whites, we dont own this country lol. It just amazes me how the english, colourds and indians are living their life as if it didnt happen, you do know they suffered to, right? Im not racist, just tired of hearing you guys blame and moan but its infact your own fault

      Ian - 2012-02-16 14:57

      @ Nlgga -I am not here to argue with either you or Westlee. However, maybe you will get more respect if you don't call yourself: Nlgga. Just show how much you really value yourself and your peers. @ Sizah - news flash my friend. I matriculated in 1993 and started working tej same year. My brother matriculated in 1991 and started working the same year. But you know what, No one gave us a job. WE had to go and find jobs ourselves. There was no govt official waiting outside teh school gate to give us work. Yes, we might have had preference over you but still had to proof that we coudl firstly do the job and secondly worthy of it. So when you say that the previous regime gave me or my parents good jobs, you are misinformed. Even my parents had to attend interviews and proof that they are worthy of the job. Yes, we were at an advantage during the previous regime - doesn't mean we liked it or supported tehir values. WE had to keep quiet and do what we wer told. So now you ask, why didn't you stand up or do something about it. My answer is; because those people (whop include my parnets)wanted to stay alive and provide a life for our kids. So yes, they and me were not willing to sacrifice my life so that someone else, like you or your parents, can have a better life. I suppose just like youi are not prepared to sacrifice your life for someone else. So why don't you and your peers drop the (as Queens once said: I want it all and I want it now) attitude and start earning it.

      Dane - 2012-02-16 14:59

      @Sizah.........I'm well aware of the "Struggle"...that was 18 years ago......and for the record, Not only do I have a car(And a CAR PAYMENT AT THE END OF EACH MONTH + insurance....Thus the reason for WORKING)....I got an education as well....a bunch of black kids I went to school with also did!!

      westlee.venter - 2012-02-16 15:00

      Waar in die ou apartheid dae het jy ooit in jou lewe gesien mense strike, steek goed an die brand en gooi klippe soos n klomp aape….??? Die “goed” strike oor eenige ding want hulle het niks beter om met hulle tyd te doen nie…!!! Die ou dae wat daar nog discipline nou is daar niks en die te danke an julle klomp “goed”..!!!

      Nlgga - 2012-02-16 15:42

      @Ian that is actually N.L.G.G.A which is an acronym, Never.Losing.Getting.Goals.Accomplished.. how am I not valuing myself with that? and which peers are you talking about?

  • Jean - 2012-02-16 14:06

    i am sooo tired of people using violent means to express their views. This is why education is a disaster. Parents, please use civilised means such as dialogue to sort out your so called grievances. You are adding to the sorry state of education by locking gates etc. Ridiculous!

  • Dennis - 2012-02-16 14:13

    This is how to keep your children doff and buy them a degree later !!

  • elsabe.wessels1 - 2012-02-16 14:14

    Parents close the school and now the children missed a week of education.

  • MSGRule - 2012-02-16 14:18

    There is parent teacher meetings and also meetings held with the controlling body of the school. The mentality of how to deal with things is rediculous in South Africa. Examples from the leaders of the land on how to deal with issues is making this country a joke

  • Jeffrey - 2012-02-16 14:19

    What is their complaint? Is the principal insisting that the children actually pass their subjects?

  • Deirdre - 2012-02-16 14:20

    "At best militating against our vision" - could anybody be so kind as to tell me how one militates? Look mom that man's militating in the middle of the street!!!

  • SM1012 - 2012-02-16 14:24

    Kids lose the opportunity t be educated, only because of these illiterate parents...if there's a problem about the Principal, why can't they just stop him/her...this is so you get a Education Director or Head who is also so pathetic...he/she knows his/her kids are in Private wonder they don't have professionalism in their decisions.

  • Charmaine - 2012-02-16 14:28

    If the Principal is not fit to be the Leader, then he or she must be removed. Parents have every right to defend their scholars and their School Buildings. Honestly, If I had the financial means, today, I will take over the Education Department, fire most of the Leaders and educators, and ensure that both parents, educators and students, abide by the codes of conduct. We need to be strict and fearless with this ongoing crisis "In education" in our Country. Parents are doing this peacefully to set an example to the Government. But President Zuma cannot see clearly, and read the comments from Parents and educators alike. And what about the public in general and those future students? Well done Parents.

  • Katlego - 2012-02-16 15:49

    Black and white blah blah blah *irritating* on every article.....

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