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education blackboard thumb medium80 92IOL News reports that thousands of Johannesburg pupils did not have classes in 28 schools on Monday as the racial storm over the appointment of a black principal boiled over.  

Coloured teachers in the south of Joburg embarked on a go-slow in solidarity with parents of Klipspruit West Secondary who had shut down the school last week demanding that a coloured or Indian be appointed head of the school.  The group of parents from the mostly coloured area locked the gates and prevented learners from entering the school in protest against the new appointment.  They demanded that the department rescind the appointment in favour of a coloured incumbent.  Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, condemned the go-slow as all the concerned parties were working to resolve the impasse.  Charis Pretorius, spokesperson for the Greater Eldorado Park Business Forum, said the community was hoping to meet Lesufi to hand over a list of proposed resolutions.  She added that a media briefing would be held on Tuesday at the Klipspruit school.

  • Read this report by Tankiso Maketha and Masabata Mkwananzi in full at Cape Times
  • See too, 28 'coloured' schools in Gauteng go slow over black principal appointment, at News24
  • And also, Gauteng education department appeals to teachers not to join go-slow, at EWN

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