FS dep of education dissappointed over protests

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GALOOME SHOPANE

The Free State department of education says it is concerned and disappointed at the turnout of events at Leseding Technical School. Learners at the school protested over the readmission of 13-year old Lerato Radebe after she was unlawfully suspended in February. The department’s spokesperson, Horward Ndaba says that on Monday they had a meeting with the parents at learners at Leseding informing about the court’s decision and urging them to respect it.

“It is unacceptable that some sections communities in that school continue to deny Lerato the right (to)education. We are told that following the decision of the court, parents decided that they will not allow Lerato in school, despite the decision of the court,” Ndaba says.

The grade eight learner was readmitted this Monday(20 May 2013) at Leseding Technical School, after she had taken the school and the provincial department of education to court. Judge Phalatsi, from the Bloemfontein High Court ordered for Radebe to return to school and for a catch-up programme to be drafted, completed and implemented for her by 16 July 2013.

Phalatsi ruled out that the conduct towards Radebe was discriminatory. He also ordered the department and the school to pay the legal costs.