Black teachers boycott class as racial tensions brew at Klipspruit school

The school was closed on Monday as residents were angry allegedly because the new headmaster is black.

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SOWETO - As racial tensions continue to brew at Klipspruit West Secondary School in Soweto, it appears some black teachers have boycotted classes on Wednesday.

The school was closed on Monday as residents were angry allegedly because the new headmaster is black.

Some black teachers boycotted classes in solidarity with their colleague.

They claim the process of appointing the new principal was flawed.

A small group of school children were seen loitering outside the premises and some standing outside classrooms at the school.

One matriculant says he was only taught one lesson on Wednesday.

“One teacher basically gave us one lesson and the others are marking [papers].”

He says he’s worried that if the racial tensions are not resolved, it will affect his matric exams.

“It’s a problem because we have our preliminary exams coming up and if we do bad in them, everyone is going to be on us.”

It alleged the educators who are not teaching are standing in solidarity with the school principal.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi was due to visit the school later on Wednesday.

'BLACK PRINCIPALS VICTIMISE CHILDREN'

Parents of pupils at the school have told Eyewitness News they’re tired of black teachers victimising their children and therefore want a coloured principal to head the school.

Angry parents of pupils at the school say they've had enough of their children being racially insulted by black teachers.

They say the racial tensions at the school began years ago and they can no longer allow their children to be taught in this environment.

The parents claim their problem is not with the colour of the principal but the process used to appoint the headmaster.