Cape Town – Vasoula Bailey, who has 3 kids who’ve both attended or are present pupils at Heathfield High, believes important Wesley Neumann is the objective of a Western Cape Education Department (WCED) witch-hunt.
Neumann was once one among 4 principals who wrote an open letter to the dep., elevating their issues across the protection at colleges when the an infection fee was once nonetheless prime all through the pandemic.
He has being charged for 10 alleged transgressions, together with now not getting academics and pupils again to magnificence in August as according to the directive of the WCED. Neumann has additionally been charged with assaulting a student when it is alleged CCTV proved differently.
Neumann has served the college with difference for the previous 12 years and his pre-hearing takes position from 12.30pm nowadays on the WCED workplaces within the Cape Town CBD.
Tanyan Gradwell stated in a observation on social media on Sunday: “An harm to at least one is an harm to all. They (4 principals) took a daring, ethical determination to prioritize the protection of our kids when many have been silent and whispered in their very own little corners.
’’We due to this fact name on each father or mother to return out and improve the SGB of Heathfield High in wooden day after today, Monday 28 September 2020, at 12.30pm, to turn our improve and unity to Mr Neumann and the SGB.
’’We would possibly not make it simple for the WCED to play with the careers and long run of our other people. Please take your placards, as folks, let’s display up every time, like those principals confirmed up for us.’’
Bailey advised IOL on Monday: ’’A large number of other people have indicated they’re going to be attending the wooden. There has been massive improve for important Neumann.
’’This entire scenario is bigoted. Mr Neumann didn’t believe what they (WCED) have been announcing concerning the opening of colleges. Now they’re going after Mr Neumann as a result of he had a unique viewpoint.
“The fees are personally ridiculous, particularly the only the place they accused him of assaulting a learner when they had noticed pictures the place he had accomplished not anything of the type.
’’They are greedy at straws, are disappointed and are making an instance of him as a result of he didn’t believe them.
”Mr Neumann has at all times been an overly sturdy chief together with his personal perspectives. (Former Settlers High important) Brian Isaacs was once fired by way of the WCED (on fees in relation to insubordination and false statements within the media) and, like Neumann, he was once an excellent important.
’’I’ve 4 kids and that is the primary important I’ve met who’s so dedicated to his paintings and his newbies. He is an excellent important and to lose him – who’s younger and colourful – would now not best be a large loss to the neighborhood however the schooling division as neatly.’’
23 September 2020
Dear Parents / Guardians
I deal with this letter to you with a heavy middle—this yr will…
Posted by way of Wesley Neumann on Wednesday, September 23, 2020
In a observation to oldsters/guardians remaining week, Neumann – who indicated that if he’s disregarded, ’’it is going to be a small worth to pay so that you could retain my freedom of speech and my proper to ship positive complaint’’ – stated: ’’I deal with this letter to you with a heavy middle – this yr will mark 12 years of provider to the Heathfield High School Community.
’’During the 12 years, I’ve devoted myself solely to the holistic building of kids. I undertook a non-public dedication to give a contribution to more than a few organisations together with wearing, neighborhood, skilled our bodies and Union organisations affording our kids the most productive alternative to prevail.
’’Furthermore, I’ve devoted my profession to preventing injustice inside the Education sector. From a tender age, I used to be taught the values of justice versus the consequences of injustices.
’’I used to be taught to combat injustices as it’s going to happen and was once additionally influenced undoubtedly to have a love for instructing others. My existence so far, because the file can display has been devoted to the holistic schooling of kids and to oppose any type of injustice.
’’On 16 September 2020, the Western Cape Education Department officially instituted disciplinary fees in opposition to myself. It is on this regard that I determined and deemed it vital that I make a observation in this factor and take the college neighborhood into my self belief.
’’The Education Department has introduced 10 fees in overall in opposition to myself. The fees in opposition to myself will have to be considered in a major mild because the Education Department intends to pursue a sanction of dismissal must I be discovered in charge.
In abstract, the costs in opposition to me are as follows:
1. You tried to attack or threatened to attack a learner at Heathfield High School, by way of pointing your finger in his face’. In reaction to the above price, it will have to be famous that the learner was once intoxicated and bodily attacked my individual when he was once requested to practice cheap directions.
The bodily attack in opposition to me was once recorded on CCTV and was once in complete view of newbies, folks, guests to the college and educators. In excellent religion, I forwarded the video pictures to the Education Department, the place the pictures obviously presentations that the learner attacked me and in addition supplied all affidavits of witnesses to this incident.
Furthermore, the similar learner was once advisable for expulsion by way of the School Governing Body for dealing in medicine at our college’s annual athletics inter-house.
One of our newbies who purchased the “drugs” from the learner overdosed and was once hospitalised. Subsequently, the Head of Education Department upheld the advice of the expulsion of the School Governing Body. Parents, in mild of the above, what would an affordable individual do when attacked as defined above?
Charge 2-10 all relates:
It is claimed that you’re in charge of misconduct when it comes to Section 18 (1) (i) of the Act, in that on or about 24 July 2020, as Principal of Heathfield High School, you failed to hold out a lawful order or regimen instruction with out simply or cheap motive issued to you by way of Mr BK Schreuder, Head of Education, to motion the next:
(1) Issue letters to oldsters of Grade 12 newbies making sure that they attend college from 03 August 2020; and /or
(2) Ensuring that educators instructing Grade 12 newbies are on accountability and instructing the newbies on a daily basis of the college week; and/or
(3) Informing the School Governing Body in writing of those directions and that directions or coercion on the contrary fall outdoor their purposes of governance and oversight.
’’It will have to be famous that fees 2-10 pertains to the remarkable duration within the historical past of our nation and the sector. Countrywide folks, newbies and academics have been frightened because of the speedy fee at which the Covid-19 virus was once spreading.
’’The collection of infections greater exponentially, attaining neatly over 12 000 infections day by day. This, regardless of the Government’s noble mass screening and trying out technique as a rustic, we struggled to comprise the unfold of the virus.