Parents need to think bigger about what makes a good school

2015-06-18 14:38

WATCH: Alleged racial segregation at Curro school caught on camera

2015-06-18 08:50

Curro Roodeplaat Private School is under the spotlight again - this time after what appears to be racially segregated classes were caught on camera.WATCH

Another “alleged racist incident” at a Curro school. No surprises there.

Any form of racism at school – overt or not – is bad and should be condemned. And parents who subject their children to such treatment and an education department that creates a conducive environment for such should not be spared the condemnation either.

Curro has become synonymous with racism and there’s always an outlandish explanation for how black and white pupils end up in different classes in the private school franchise.

Surprisingly, like bees to a honey pot parents still flock to these schools with their poor kids in tow. Who can blame them, if education authorities themselves send their kids to well-heeled “Curros”?

Pupils as young as six cramped in bakkies and kombis at the break of dawn is not a pretty sight, but knowing that it’s for a good cause somehow softens the blow even if it’s for a little while. However, there’s also a tendency to enrol children at any fly-by-night school just because it happens to be in town.

Location has very little to do with quality. There are many township, village and farm schools that produce better results than some of the sorry excuses for schools that litter our towns and cities. I went to one of the finest schools in the country and it was in a township. Google Siyamukela if you will.

Parents just need to think bigger about what makes a good school.

As much as education officials condemn “racist incidents” in the Curros of this world, it is not enough if they’re not doing something to change the conditions that make parents even consider sending their children to schools where they will be treated as second-class citizens. 
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