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protestNews24 reports that angry parents shut down a Durban primary school on Thursday after the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education (DOE) allegedly brought in a new principal without consulting the school governing body (SGB).

Parents of pupils attending Dr Macken Mistry Primary School in Sea Cow Lake alleged that Mandla Sikhakhane previously had altercations with pupils and a parent while he was headmaster of the nearby Lakehaven Secondary School, which he led until last Friday. The previous principal of Dr Macken Mistry Primary, Pompey Sukool, retired at the end of last year and Jessie Govender was acting principal until Sikhakhane's arrival. About 22 parents held a demonstration outside the school, wielding placards that read: "No to new principal", "Remove new principal", "We demand transparency from the DOE" and "Listen to SGB and parents". Their actions followed a meeting attended by 110 parents on Wednesday where it was unanimously agreed that they did not want Sikhakhane at the school and that it would be closed on Thursday and Friday, until the matter was resolved. SGB chair Shailen Harilal and other members of the governing body informed the department in a letter on Monday that they were opposed to Sikhakhane's placement at the school "without proper procedures being followed". A petition drawn up on Thursday indicated the parents’ objection to the department's placement of Sikhakhane at the school because it had failed to inform the SGB of its intentions.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Prega Govender at News24

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