Gauteng Education Dept appeals to teachers not to join go-slow

Organisers are hoping at least 28 schools will join the protest in solidarity with their counterparts at Klipspruit West Secondary School in Soweto.

Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – More teachers are expected to join educators from nine schools which are already on a go-slow.

Organisers are hoping that at least 28 schools will join the protest in solidarity with their counterparts at Klipspruit West Secondary School in Soweto.

The Gauteng Education Department has appealed to teachers not to go ahead, saying that it will compromise schooling.

Last week, learning and teaching was disrupted at the school following a demonstration by community members over the appointment of a black principal.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi has since dissolved the school governing body and deployed a district official to be based there as an interim measure.

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The department’s Steve Mabona says: “We’ll be monitoring the situation, interact with our officials on the ground to say check in all the schools that they have mentioned in the areas so that you go and make sure that there’s some sense of teaching and learning.”

GP EDUCATION CONDEMNS PLANNED GO-SLOW

The Gauteng Education Department has condemned a planned go slow by nine schools in southern Johannesburg.

The department has called on educators to adhere to the code of conduct and not to take part in any activities that will compromise schooling.

“It’s important that they need to adhere to that and work with us and also make sure that we know why we are in the education sector. We know why we should be leading in the sense that we need to impart knowledge.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)