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'Bullied' teachers go to classes

By Alex Matlala | Feb 04, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

LESSONS resumed in earnest yesterday at the Mphetsebe High School outside Mankweng after the principal and his disgruntled teachers smoked the peace pipe.

The teachers boycotted classes on Tuesday after the principal pardoned a group of "bully" pupils who allegedly assaulted and used derogatory terms against them.

Shortly after principal John Rapudi had pardoned the pupils, the "assaulted" teachers boycotted classes.

The teachers demanded that Rapudi be dismissed because "he was inciting pupils to attack them".

After the pupils returned to the school classes were disrupted. Pupils had to go back home as a result of the rift between the principal and teachers.

But educational circuit inspector David Magagane intervened to resolve the impasse.

Magagane spent the whole day yesterday addressing the principal and teachers about the welfare of the pupils.

Magagane also addressed the pupils, including the alleged "bullies", about discipline, hard work, commitment and the resultant reward after matric.

After his address the pupils and teachers went to their classrooms and teaching resumed.

"We have provisionally called off the boycott because we are parents who have the interests of these pupils at heart," a teacher Mahlodi Sekonyane said.

Provincial education spokesperson Ndo Mangala applauded the move by the teachers to go back to classes.


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