Durban parents unhappy over enrolment of pupil

Durban parents unhappy over enrolment of pupil

Parents at a Durban school are meeting today to draw up a memorandum of concerns about a pupil alleged to have been involved in criminal activity.

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The Grade 11 learner is also alleged to have threatened a Grade 8 pupil at New West Secondary School with a knife.

His parents took him out of the Newlands West school late last year and apparently got him into another school.

But, Chairperson of New West Secondary's governing body, Viresh Bhana says the boy and his parents showed up at the school on Monday demanding that he be re-enrolled.

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"The school was instructed by the Department of Education to admit the pupil. They bypassed the procedures of the re-admission policy and directly instructed the principal to accept the pupil," he says

Bhana says one of the adults who accompanied the boy on Monday assaulted the principal.

Police have confirmed charges of common assault and intimidation have been opened at Newlands East Police Station. 


Yesterday, parents protested outside the school demanding that the 19-year-old pupil not to be allowed back at the school.

KZN Education spokesperson, Muzi Mahlambi says district officials are looking into the matter and are also trying to find an alternative placement for the pupil. 

"This is a lesson to all our learners to say with this behaviour we find ourselves in there are complications that come with them," he says. 

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