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The Gauteng department of education will not back down on firing 28 teachers in Alexandra, and will charge those who organise protests in support, with misconduct.
The teachers are from KwaBhekilanga Secondary School. The school has a total of 45 teachers.
The teachers were fired after pupils from the school sent a memorandum to the department calling for their dismissal because they were lazy.
Department spokesman Panyaza Lesufi said yesterday: "We are not backing down. Our decision stands.
"We have evidence that the teachers are incompetent. We are not going to risk the future of the children by reinstating those teachers.
"Matriculants will be writing their final examinations and we can't afford to give them teachers who can't do their job.
"We are working on finding replacements for the teachers. They will be deployed at the school on Monday to ensure that learning continues." said Lesufi.
He said those who stayed away from work would be charged with misconduct.
"We have ways of dealing with teachers who do not pitch up for work. Leaving pupils unattended is a serious breach of conduct.
"We are going to apply a no work, no pay policy," Lesufi said.
He said the department would meet parents and the community to discuss the matter.
This is not the first time the pupils have demanded the sacking of their teachers. Last year the pupils, supported by their parents, demanded that all the teachers be fired because they were "not teaching".
KwaBhekilanga obtained a 45,9percent pass rate in last year's matric.