House mother placed on special leave

2016-11-25 15:35
Wynberg girls' learners  picketed in front of their school demanding that their issues be addresses

Wynberg girls' learners picketed in front of their school demanding that their issues be addresses (Tiyese Jeranji)

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The house mother of the Wynberg Girls’ High School hostel Waterloo House has been placed on special leave to prevent interference while investigations are underway.

The learners came out guns blazing with serious allegations of racism and victimisation in a statement that has been circulated on social media since Monday 21 November.

In the two-page statement the girls demanded that the house mother be removed immediately, to have principal Shirley Harding investigated for lack of action against the house mother,  an immediate release of the transformation report and they also demanded that they not be victimised following the release of the statement.

They were picketing in front of the school today (25 November) demanding that they be heard as they can't allow issues to go unaddressed.

“We are sick and tired of not being listened to. We had to protect ourselves and the other learners that will follow after us. This has been going on for a long time. The house mother is not fit for this position. She tells us stories that we are not supposed to be hearing. We speak to her confidentially, but you will hear the information coming from teachers. We don’t want her anymore,” said a Grade 10 learner.

Another learner said she divided white and black learners.  

“She tells white learners that they are in danger from black children. What is that? We have encountered many soul-destroying incidents like being called the k-word and the house mother uses this word when she is talking to other people about us. Nothing is being done to protect us, but they want to protect the image of the school,” said a Grade 11 learner.

Jessica Shelver, spokesperson of the education department, confirmed the house mother had been put on leave. “The department has placed the hostel superindent on special leave while the investigation is underway to prevent any interference with the investigation. The school has made available social workers, counsellors and psychologists for learners who are traumatised or who need support.”


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