It was confirmed this morning that the Gauteng Education Department is now closing down the Roodepoort Primary School, after clashes between two groups of parents at that school.
Stephen spoke to spokesperson of the Department of Basic Education, Phumla Sekhonyane about why the department saw fit to close the school and move the children to other schools.
Sekhonyane says that it is a difficult decision, however this intervention found that the work that they are doing now was supposed to be done in April already. The decision was taken that the education of these learners not be compromised while the department tries to find a solution to mediate the issues in the community.
She says that the move of learners is a temporary measure and that this matter should be resolved in a week or two.
Speaking of the reasons behind the tensions, Sekhonyane says that community forum insists that it is not a race issue but rather one of fraud, corruption and improper appointment of principal. She adds that the behaviour at the meetings suggests that there are racial undertones.
Listen to the full conversation below: