The St John's College in Johannesburg has until 1 pm on Friday to fire a teacher who was found guilty of making racist remarks to black learners in the classes he was teaching.
Geography teacher Keith Arlow was convicted by an independent hearing for his racism remarks. It ordered that he remain at the school, but be given a final written warning and be removed from senior positions he held at the institution
Now the Gauteng Education Department wants him fired.
Gauteng education department spokesperson, Steve Mabona, says if the school doesn't comply by 1 pm they will find other ways of dealing with the matter including taking the legal route.
We are not letting it go. We are very much strong in making sure that this doesn't continue to happen in the school.— Steve Mabona, spokesperson for Gauteng MEC for Health
We are in charge of the education, we are not just in charge of the ordinary public schools, and we believe the environment should be conducive for all the learners in the country.— Steve Mabona, spokesperson for Gauteng MEC for Health
Mabona says the school should have reported the teacher to the South African Council of Educators after he was found guilty, which they did not do.
According to him, this teacher should have been struck off the roll.
Lebogang Montjane, executive director of Independent Schools Association, says South Africa is a country governed by law. It seems, in this case, the followed the procedure and the outcome was that the teacher be demoted and not fired, which the school followed, he says.
The law requires that if a teacher has breached the code of conduct, including racist actions, they are to charge that person and the children should be protected in the hearing, he continues, and the labour law also requires that the person who sits in the tribunal is an independent person.
This is exactly what the school did and it is difficult to turn around and say we can't abide by it...— Lebogang Montjane, executive director of Independent Schools Association
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