Teachers to strike over headmaster

2012-08-29 10:07

Johannesburg - Teachers at the Sanddrift Primary School outside Brits in North West will go on strike on Wednesday if the education department fails to hear their grievances about the school's headmaster.

A former chairperson of the school's governing body, Theuns Potgieter, has been asked by teachers and parents to help them bring an end to the 12-year battle to remove the headmaster from his post, Beeld reported.

Potgieter claimed they have documentary evidence to prove that the headmaster, who has been in his current job for 17 years, is incompetent.

They claim he has poor management skills, never visits classrooms, fails to support teachers and has little interest in maintaining discipline, let alone the school grounds.

According to Potgieter, the education department held a disciplinary hearing against him in October 2011, during which he was demoted.

The headmaster appealed against the ruling, and since then, nothing has happened, and he is still occupying his post.

When Beeld called the headmaster's phone, it was told it had the wrong number and the phone was not answered again.

The education department reportedly told Beeld on Tuesday that it was unaware of the complaints, but would investigate the problem.

  • tin.can.501598 - 2012-08-29 10:17

    For once..... a strike I support !

  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-29 10:23

    he does not want to give it up. he is enjoying the gravy train too much taking all funds and NO DOUBT pocketing it. Kick his ass out

      tin.can.501598 - 2012-08-29 10:32

      Shelley one more who wants to eat at the government's table, but won’t do the dishes.

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-08-29 10:25

    As long as the strike is happening over a weekend, and or after learning time!

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-29 10:37

      WHY!!!! would you donwthumbs Phumi? I agree with him, doing this after school hours will be less disruptive to our children who are at least trying to learn....

      iceman196 - 2012-08-29 10:50

      have you ever seen a strike over weekends or after hours, dont be ridiculous

      peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-08-29 11:26

      Would downthumb Phumi because he has a splitting headache ! Strikes dont have timetables !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • iceman196 - 2012-08-29 10:27

    here comes a 99% failure rate

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-29 10:38

    The education department held a disciplinary enquiry on October 2011. They now say that they are unaware of the complaints. Sounds to me like the education department needs an education.

  • fdalana - 2012-08-29 10:42

    muti made him 'untouchable'.

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-08-29 10:48

    Ag, kom nou kinders,moenie in die modder speel nie.Striking only effects the learners.

  • Swayseeker - 2012-08-29 10:55

    When a group of people want to sue it is cheaper to have a class action where a group sues. People could do this by getting together on a class action page such as the FACEBOOK page "Class Action South Africa."

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-08-29 13:54

    Teaching the learners how to strike..???

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