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westerncape thumb medium80 80Weekend Argus reports that urgent calls have been made to reinstate Heathfield High ex-principal Wesley Neumann to avoid a crisis at the school.

On Friday, Neumann approached the Education Labour Relation Council to state his case prior to the council making a finding concerning his conduct. The outcome will be known in due course. Neumann was formally dismissed as principal in May after he refused to reopen the school amid the Covid-19 infection peak in 2020. Last week, the ANC in the Western Cape legislature called for the reinstatement of Neumann after the provincial head of education, Brent Walters, in a letter warned the school’s leadership about high absenteeism, pupil tardiness and loitering, which has caused much stress and anguish among teachers and parents. The letter caused an uproar among pupils, teachers and colleagues. The ANC’s Mohammed Khalid Sayed commented: “We warned about the unfair targeting and unjust dismissal of Neumann from the very onset. We appeal for calm and call on the new MEC and head of department to engage the learners and parents to listen to their grievances and find an amicable solution to the ongoing turmoil.” Pupils have also reached out to the education department, calling on Walters to visit the school to listen to their grievances. A spokesperson for Education MEC David Maynier said that the MEC had no authority in law to reconsider the dismissal decision taken by his predecessor. A spokesperson for the Western Cape Education Department indicated that Neumann’s post had not been advertised yet.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tracy-Lynn Ruiters at Weekend Argus

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