Principal, dept. consider settlement

State lawyers told the hearing they were contemplating a settlement and needed more time.

Rivonia Primary principal Carol Drysdale speaks to her lawyers during a disciplinary hearing on 11 September 2012. Picture: Alex Eliseev/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A surprise settlement was discussed in the disciplinary hearing of Rivonia Primary School Principal Carol Drysdale on Wednesday.

She faces charges of misconduct and insubordination relating to the admission of a grade one pupil last year.

The hearing started on Tuesday and was chaired by Terry Motau.

Drysdale pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Wednesday's proceedings involved extreme technical arguments over the school's admission policy.

The Gauteng Education Department's first witness was also cross-examined.

Drysdale appeared not to know about a regulation which allowed the department to intervene in the placing of a pupil.

She argued the department failed to communicate this with her.

After a brief adjournment, state lawyers told the hearing they were contemplating a settlement and needed more time to see if an agreement could be reached.