MEC urges for cooperation at Roodepoort Primary

Panyaza Lesufi has urged parents and teachers at the school to work together for their children’s education.

Parents protested outside the Roodepoort Primary School on 20 February 2015. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has urged parents and teachers at the Roodepoort Primary School on the West Rand to work together for the sake of their children's education.

Learning at the school has been disrupted with parents demanding a probe into alleged racism and corruption.

Parents and community members held a protest earlier this year demanding a probe into alleged corruption and racism at the school.

They accused the principal of mismanaging school funds and claimed protocol was not followed during her appointment and those of her two deputies.

On Wednesday, the three were cleared of any wrong doing.

Lesufi urged teachers and parents at the school to work towards a peaceful environment that will be conducive for learning.

"There is no need for people to shout at each other and point fingers at each other. We need to work together to ensure that there is quality education."

Lesufi dissolved the school's governing body, saying it was not functioning.

The parents of the children at the school have welcomed the outcome of the investigation into mismanagement at the school.

"I'm happy. I'm very pleased with the results. We're just overwhelmed as parents. We've been waiting for this to happen for quite some time."

Last month, coloured and black parents of pupils at the school staged separate protests over alleged racism and favouritism.

Classes were disrupted and some pupils were kept away from the school by their parents.

Parents also called for the closing of the school unless the principal stepped down, and the man they prefer was appointed.

Some parents vowed to protest every day until the current acting principal was dismissed.

Lesufi has recommended that the school heads be reinstated immediately.