Principal to appeal suspension

Brian Isaacs will appeal suspension.

Brian Isaacs will appeal the decision made last week to dismiss him from his post as principal of South Peninsula High School (SPHS).

Speaking to the Bulletin on Tuesday, he said should this fail and they decide to dismiss him he will “leave with dignity”.

Mr Isaacs said he was informed of the decision on Wednesday June 1.

Mr Isaacs was suspended from his post as principal by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) on Friday March 4. At that time Mr Isaacs said he was astonished that WCED was silent on the matter and that they deny having a vendetta against him and other SPHS teachers (“‘The school goes on’, says SP principal”, Bulletin March 17).

Spokesperson for the WCED, Paddy Attwell, confirmed that an independent presiding officer indicated a sanction of dismissal on Mr Isaacs last week following a disciplinary hearing.

“He was found guilty of giving false statements concerning his employer, in terms of the Employment of Educators’ Act. The presiding officer found Mr Isaacs guilty of two charges of disrespect or abusive or insolent behaviour towards officials, and not guilty of issuing an unlawful instruction to a staff member,” Mr Attwell told the Cape Times.