Parents call for closure of Roodepoort primary

Some parents have vowed to protest every day until the current principal steps down.

Some parents have vowed to protest every day until they see the dismissal of the current acting principal. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Parents at the Roodepoort Primary School in Davidsonville have called for the closing of the school unless the principal steps down, and the man they prefer, is appointed.

Pupils have been absent since Monday with parents claiming the principal's appointment was unlawful and that she is corrupt and not qualified.

The Gauteng Education Department claims the coloured community doesn't approve of the appointment of a black principal but both black and coloured parents have rubbished these claims.

Some parents have vowed to protest every day until they see the dismissal of the current acting principal.

Charmaine Solomon says she feels the school should just be closed down.

"The school must be closed down until this issue is sorted out."

Although the coloured community denies claims that the demonstrations are racially motivated, a man is questioning how a black educator can teach his child Afrikaans.

"How can somebody that is not Afrikaans and it's not their home language teach Afrikaans?"

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says his officials are on the ground speaking to parents and educators, while he is also busy consulting with national government on a way forward.

Yesterday, the department said it will not tolerate any more disruptions at the school.

The department's Phumla Sekhonyane said an internal investigation was launched and later found the allegations against the principal were not true.

Earlier this year, nine out of 13 black teachers were reporting to the district office and not the school after telling the Provincial Education Department that they fear for their lives.

The black teachers are back this week, but the department says 19 coloured teachers have abandoned their posts without giving any reason.