We note with concern the continuing strike by teachers at the Roseland Primary School in Newlands East, Durban.
The strike is in its fourth week. Teachers left work on April 16 because they allege the principal has installed cameras to spy on them.
The hitch seems to be that these cameras are set up in classrooms.
Parents says the teachers object because they have something to hide
The principal says the cameras were installed for everyone's protection. And he notes that crime is rife in the area.
The principal has the right to do everything in his power to ensure the safety of the pupils, who are vulnerable and outnumber the teachers, and all the other people on the school's premises.
It is doubtful that he installed the cameras without at least consulting some of the stakeholders.
The motive behind the strike could be poor communication or a hostile atmosphere between the teachers and the principal.
What is needed here are clear heads to resolve the teachers' objections and balance them against the pupils' security.
Better communications would help resolve the complaint - as might pointing the cameras outwards to save the teachers' blushes.