29 August 2016
The latest revelations regarding ‘hair policy’ at Pretoria Girls High School have brought to attention some school policies which are both divisive and discriminatory.
Policies that unfairly discriminate against people are unconstitutional and do not have a place in our democratic dispensation.
The DA therefore welcomes Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi’s commitment to launch an investigation. This report should then be tabled before the Gauteng Legislature for scrutiny.
The DA furthermore implores parents and School Governing Bodies to partake in the policy review process and to bring these issues to the fore. School Governing Bodies are empowered to act, and need not wait for an external investigation to do so.
Codes of conduct in schools are there to encourage conducive learning and teaching environments. Creating an inclusive environment for this to happen must be made a priority, so that every child – no matter their race of background – can achieve their very best academically and pursue a life of dignity.
Khume Ramulifho MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education