Catch-up plan commences at Roodepoort Primary

Teaching hours have been increased to assist pupils affected by weeks of conflict.

FILE: Attendance figures have increased with more than 900 out of more than 1,000 pupils now back at school. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department says it has started implementing a catch-up programme at the Roodepoort Primary School to assist pupils affected by weeks of conflict.

Attendance figures have increased with more than 900 out of a 1,000 pupils now back at school.

The department says psychologists have also begun debriefing sessions with pupils and teachers.

Last month, MEC Panyaza Lesufi shut the school down amid racial conflicts over the appointment of a black principal.

Education Spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane says subject advisors will be sent to schools to facilitate the catch up process.

"Externally the teaching and learning hours for learners were increased by an hour. We will also be deploying subject advisors to the school to work very closely with the educators to identify the gaps and to work out programmes to make up for those gaps."

Disruptions started at the school in February.

Some coloured parents were calling for the replacement of the black principal who they've accused of mismanaging school funds.

The Davidsonville Community Forum and parents also claimed the principal and her two deputies were irregularly appointed, despite the availability of other teachers who are better qualified.

Parents said their anger had nothing to do with race but is related to corruption at the school.

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