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Atlantis school SGB concerned over demonstrations

Some parents blocked access to Saxonsea Primary School and disrupted classes earlier this week.

FILE: An empty classroom. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The governing body of an Atlantis school has expressed concern that demonstrations may resume.

Some parents of pupils attending Saxonsea Primary School blocked access to the school and disrupted classes earlier this week, following the appointment of a new principal.

Eight of the 11 people arrested yesterday have since been released.

While the school governing body claims it was side-lined in the process, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) insists it followed due process.

In an email sent to the school's governing body last night, the WCED makes some suggestions to help the institution resolve the issue.

The department also proposes the appointment of an interim and independent principal.

But Daniels warns parents won't accept this, as they want the current interim principal to remain in the position for the rest of the year.

He has criticised the department for trying to undermine the authority of the school and its governing body.

Meanwhile, two men and a boy have appeared in the Atlantis Magistrates Court, after they were taken in to custody at Saxonsea Primary.

The men and the 17-year-old were among a group that blocked the school's entrance earlier this week.

The police's Andre Traut says, "Two adult males, aged 40 and 35, appeared on charges of public violence. A 17-year-old boy appeared on the same charges as well as for assault on a police officer."

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