Isipingo principal and teachers return to school

Shouts of jubilation and relief was felt by the parents and teachers of a primary school in Isipingo, as they welcomed back two teachers and the principal earlier this morning, after strong allegations of inappropriate behaviour were laid against the principal by pupils, following an excursion to the Midlands, recently.

On Monday evening, a band of parents attended a meeting together with Department of Education officials, requesting for the principal and teachers to return to school the following day. The parents’ said that they do not want their children’s future to be jeopardized and also did not want the school name to be destroyed. A petition was signed by all in attendance at the meeting.

After a week of not being at school, the principal and teachers received a warm welcome as parents, teachers and supportive community members gathered at the school to meet him.

Speaking to the Rising Sun, a former pupil of the school, Melusha Pakkiri said, “We had formed a guard of honour as we welcomed back the principal and teachers today. He is a man of great stature and we want to thank him for all the years he has dedicated to the children of his school. In all the years, I attended the school, I always felt safe and protected. The teachers are in a class of their own, because they are led by a great principal, who has great values. This school has produced so many professionals and have achieved so much throughout the years. We don’t want the name of our beloved school and principal to be tarnished.”

A parent of a child who was on the bus said, “We are all concerned parents but it is our duty to remain calm and be neutral in such situations and rather find a way to resolve the issue amicably without the situation becoming volatile. Our children are deeply traumatised following what has occurred. We as parents need to remember we should lead our life as if we were a book we would want our children to read in future and be positively influenced. This situation should be left to the relevant departments to be investigated and let the law take its cause.”

The school principal whose dedication to the school spans over three decades said, “We at the school are very strong and focused on giving our children the best. We go beyond and above to be known as a school that offers our children the best education and care. For us to be put in this situation is sad.”

Umlazi District Circuit Manager, Mr Mkhanyiseni Mdabe said, “We welcomed back the teachers and principal. They were on leave due to what had occurred, however they had not been suspended. We don’t suspend until a full investigation is conducted. The Department of Education will be investigating the allegations that were made, however, the school will continue to function as normal.”

 

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Nadia Khan

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