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Charges towards Heathfield important neither private nor political, says WCED

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By Athandile Siyo Time of article published54m in the past

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Cape Town – Heathfield High School oldsters and faculty governing frame (SGB) individuals picketed out of doors the Western Cape Department of Education’s (WCED) place of business within the CBD the day prior to this as important Wesley Neumann seemed earlier than a disciplinary listening to on a string of fees, together with one with regards to pupils attending faculty right through the lockdown.

In a letter despatched to oldsters final week, which the Cape Times has observed, Neumann mentioned he confronted 10 fees, together with alleged misconduct, in that on or about July 24, he failed to hold out a lawful order through issuing letters to oldsters of Grade 12 beginners, making sure that they attended faculty from August 3 and /or making sure that educators instructing Grade 12 beginners have been on responsibility.

WCED spokesperson Bronagh Hammond, with out confirming any fees, mentioned: “Mr Neumann has been charged with six charges of alleged misconduct in terms of the Employment of Educators Act, 76 of 1998.

“The matter is sub judice and the contents of these charges cannot be disclosed.

“The charges against Mr Neumann are neither personal nor political. Mr Neumann’s actions are in contravention of the Employment of Educators Act, 76 of 1998.”

Prior to August, Neumann and 3 different principals had written an open letter to the Department of Basic Education on June 22, elevating their considerations across the protection of faculties right through the pandemic and calling for faculties to stay closed till the Covid-19 top was once over.

In his letter to oldsters, Neumann wrote: “The Education Department has brought 10 charges in total against myself.

The charges against myself must be viewed in a serious light as the Education Department intends to pursue a sanction of dismissal should I be found guilty.

“We were in the heart of the winter season, and it is common knowledge that the coronavirus thrives under cold conditions.

“At this time, incidents of teachers and children suffering and dying due to Covid 19 were on the rise. There was a grave concern about the contagious nature and how this would spread to the broader community, especially to learners with aged carers.

“Due to the vast inequalities that handicap our education system, and Heathfield High is no exception, the school struggled with cleaning personnel to ensure that the school was routinely and daily sanitised, as required by law.

“While school remained open, the SGB, supported by the staff, took a conscious decision to urge parents to consider the safety of their children and not to send them to school until after the peak of Covid-19 infections had been reached and until infection rates decreased.

“The School Governing Body’s stance to oppose the premature reopening of schools must be commended as their view was vindicated by the president by closing schools for four weeks.

“There is no doubt that this contributed to the current state of controlled infections.”

Neumann mentioned he believed that the fees towards him have been for my part and politically motivated.

SGB spokesperson Brandon De Kock mentioned: “The SGB and parents fully stand by Mr Neumann and we will support him till the end.

“This man has dedicated his career to the children, putting their wellbeing, the parents and the teachers first. This is bullying, victimisation and intimidation.”

Cape Times