‘Cancel him!’ Principal slated for asking pupils not to discuss Gaza crisis
Some want Redhill head suspended, but he says he stepped in because pupils were ‘scared to come to school’
The leader of the Al Jama-ah party, Ganief Hendricks, has called for the immediate suspension of the principal of an upmarket private school who asked parents to stop their children discussing the Middle East war on campus.
Hendricks submitted written questions to basic education minister Angie Motshekga on Tuesday asking her whether she will be taking action against Joseph Gerassi, the executive headmaster of Redhill School in Johannesburg, after a letter he wrote to parents on Friday.
Gerassi wrote: “At the outset, let me say that I do not believe that this issue should not be discussed and debated. However, given the emotions currently surrounding this crisis and the age of our children, I do not believe that there is anything to be gained from having them argue and debate with each other...