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Teachers' spy row resolved

By unknown | Apr 25, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

Teaching is expected to return to normal today at the Roselands Primary School in Newlands north of Durban after it was closed over a classroom spying row.

Classes came to a standstill after a week-long strike by teachers protesting against the installation of CCTV cameras in classrooms.

The teachers said they were not consulted about the move and argued that the cameras were installed to "spy" on them by their principal.

Provincial education department spokesman, Ntokozo Maphisa, said the department had agreed to remove the cameras in the interest of teaching and learning.

"The principal, staff and parents decided that the cameras should be removed."

He said parents were urged to send their children to school so that classes could resume.

Maphisa said the department would also probe other grievances tabled by the teachers. Parents said they were happy that learning would resume.

"I am glad that things are back to normal. I still, however, believe the teachers could have used another method to draw attention to their concerns instead of depriving our children of a week of learning," said one mother.

A teacher who did not want to be named said: "We're happy our concerns have been heeded. We will do our jobs without fear of being watched all the time."


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