education blackboard thumb medium80 92Sunday Tribune reports that parents at Kamalinee Primary in Isipingo vowed to shut the school on Monday if a senior educator, who has been accused of sleeping in her car, does not leave the premises.  

It is alleged that a “displaced principal”, who was sent to the school in January last year, spends her days sleeping in her car.  On Friday, parents tried to remove the principal, but failed, when officials from the provincial education department intervened.  Donald Naidoo, the school’s governing body (SGB) chairperson, said they did not understand why the educator was placed at the school because the school already had a principal.  He said since last year their plea with the department to remove the displaced principal had fallen on deaf ears.  Apparently, the department sent out an area circuit manager who explained that he was dealing with the matter with the SA African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu).  However, the SGB said that should the educator return on Monday, parents would shut down the school.  Last year SGB members wrote to the department complaining that the educator had been sleeping in her vehicle in the school car park during school hours on numerous occasions.  The teacher, who apparently draws a monthly salary of R40,000, does not embark on any form of teaching or extra-curricular duties and spends most of the day sitting in the staff room.

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