A New Beginning For Roodepoort Primary School
Roodepoort Primary school; a place of learning in the Davidsonville area West of Johannesburg which has seen its fair share of chaos and instability.This institution has been making headlines all year for all the wrong reasons with issues ranging from race, corruption, and allegations of mismanagement.
Today however, the community has come together with the hope of burying the hatchet and allowing learning to continue un interrupted.The turmoil at the school started in 2011 when a new principal was roped in to lead the schools structures.
This sparked protests and opposition from parents who wanted the school to be led by a coloured principal as opposed to the black one who had been given the job.
The department of education instituted a number of investigations into the principal’s fitness to hold the position.During this time the principal was exonerated of all wrong doing and allowed to keep her job.
The parents felt that their demands were being ignored and this created tension in the area.The tension escalated to unimaginable proportions with violence being the norm and learners being forced to stay away from school.
This prompted the Gauteng government to take the decision to shut down the school temporarily until a lasting solution could be found.
Fast forward to today – The mediation team which was put in place to find a lasting solution to the issues plaguing the school is back here to give the learners a treat following the official re opening of the school.
The learners were treated to live performances by artists including Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Idols season 9 winner Musa Sukwene who serenaded the learners with some feel good music.
The children were also treated to a meal after the festivities which were sponsored by Yvonne Chaka Chakas mobile kitchen.
After all is said and done, members of the mediation team have stuck to their stance that education needs to continue at the school and that learning facilities cannot be allowed to be used as pawns for service delivery protests.
The only question left to ask is whether the voice of the learners who have been caught in the middle of this entire Roodepoort Primary school feud is actually being heard.
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