school readmits expelled boy (10)
A 10-year-old boy who was expelled on the first day of school in the Vaal has been readmitted after his plight was reported in Sowetan yesterday.
Khanyo Radebe, a Grade 6 pupil, was kicked out of the Vaal Triangle Primary School in Vanderbijlpark by principal Chinelle Steenberg after alleged problematic, disruptive and offensive behaviour.
The boy's readmission followed the intervention of senior members of Gauteng department of education who visited the school in reaction to Sowetan's report.
The department of education officials were accompanied by ANC representatives.
Steenberg confirmed that Khanyo had been readmitted.
"The department has intervened. It has given us guidelines to follow to assist him (Khanyo) with his behaviour. But I am deeply hurt about his father going to Sowetan about the issue," said Steenberg.
The department's institutional development and support officer, Makhudu Kganakga, said the news of the boy's expulsion was shocking.
"I have advised the school about relevant disciplinary methods to take regarding the child if he misbehaves. From today Khanyo begins learning with zero demerits," said Kganakga.
Khanyo's parents, Tama and Seipati Radebe, of Sebokeng, were happy about the intervention.
"Had we not reported the matter to the newspaper our child would still be at home and losing out on his school work.
"The school only took us seriously thanks to Sowetan," said the boy's father, Tama.
They are in possession of a transfer letter they received last year, which they believed meant their child had been expelled from the private school.
Steenberg confirmed that the school had given Khanyo a transfer card.
Seipati, his mother, said: "We were informed only once about his alleged wrongful behaviour and he denied that."
The couple said the allegations levelled by the school were baseless and had no grounds.
A member of both the Sedibeng district mayoral committee and ANC Maipato Tsokolibane said: "We can't afford to see our children being denied the opportunity to learn at the school of their parents' choice."