Police present as Roodepoort Primary reopens

Police present as Roodepoort Primary reopens

After weeks of trouble and violence at the troubled Roodepoort Primary School in Davidsonville west of Johannesburg, learning resumed yesterday morning amid a strong police presence around the school.

The school had been in the spot light after the coloured community demanded the Gauteng department of education remove the black principal, Nomathemba Molefe, from her position.

Last month Gauteng Premier David Makhura and MEC for education, Panyaza Lesufi, decided to shut down the school as it was not safe for children. In the interim the pupils were sent to Lufhereng Primary School to continue their schooling.

The disruptions saw over 300 learners missing classes at Lufhereng Primary School as arranged by the department. Out of over 1350 learners, only about 850 learners were reporting at the school for learning as some coloured parents refused to send their children to Lufhereng. The disruptions and controversies at the school since the beginning of the year has resulted in the pupils falling behind with their syllabus.

In an effort to resolve the matter, Lesufi said he had had several meetings with community members and parents, but they failed to reach common ground.

Following the closure of the school, a team of mediators was tasked with resolving the disruptions. After two weeks of observing and interviewing community members, they recommended that the department reopen the school.

However, some of the black parents have requested Lesufi to let their children continue at Lufhereng.

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