Schooling to resume at Klipspruit West Secondary following disruptions

The school has been plagued by various problems this year, including racial tension between staff and the local community as well as claims of misconduct against a group of teachers.


JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department has confirmed that schooling at the troubled Klipspruit West Secondary School will resume on Tuesday following several disruptions.

Earlier this year the appointment of a black principal sparked tensions when community members demanded the employment of a coloured headmaster.

In the latest incident, teachers' union Sadtu withdrew its members from the classroom after a group of educators were barred from working amid claims of misconduct.

Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo says they have listened to all the concerns from all interested parties, but encourage them to allow schooling to start again.

“We think it’s very important for all stakeholders to allow the management of the school to proceed with activities of the school, particularly taking into account that we’re approaching exams.”

Mamabolo says the Human Rights Commission has come on board to investigate.

“All the grievances that pertain to violation of human rights of the learners, the educators, parents or any person aggrieved, should be left to the commission.”

He says South African Democratic Teachers Union has assured the department that teachers will be back at school on Tuesday.

(Edited by Refilwe Thobega)