The Gauteng Department of Education said that all teachers from Klipspruit-West Secondary School would return to their posts. File picture

Johannesburg - The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) said on Wednesday agreement was reached with the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) that all teachers from Klipspruit-West Secondary School and those who were participating in a sympathetic withdrawal protest from about 30 schools in Eldorado Park would return to their posts.

Racial tensions at Klipspruit-West Secondary have been running high for months when the community opposed the appointment of a black principal. 

Aid running battles between the education department and the community, black teachers and general workers were being barred from the school over allegations of misconduct. 

In solidarity with the barred teachers, SADTU temporarily suspended teaching at a number of schools in the area.

The GDE said in a statement that the agreement was reached on Tuesday after SADTU expressed their satisfaction with intervention implemented by the department to restore teaching at the school.

The interventions by the department included security personnel being deployed to the school for access control, the appointment of an Acting Principal with full delegation. 

A task team of three officials from Head Office will assist the Acting Principal with school governance, curriculum and support on management issues. 

In addition, GDE said allegations of racism would be investigated by the South African Human Rights Commission and that the South African Police Service (SAPS) would monitor the situation at the school.