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Support for transgender pupil

2010-12-09 11:03

Johannesburg - School children must be supported in their right to a preferred sexual orientation, the Eastern Cape department of education said on Wednesday.

"There is an urgent need to advance a transformation agenda that addresses all matters of common social and cultural understanding... The Constitution is the supreme guiding document," said the department's superintendent general, Modidima Mannya.

His statement follows a report in the Daily Dispatch on December 5 of a transgender pupil at Cambridge high school in East London who was forced to leave the school because he was not allowed to wear trousers.

Mannya met with the school's principal, Grassey Buitendag, on Wednesday.

"Born a girl, the Cambridge teenager - who now identifies himself as a boy - tried to swap his school skirt for grey trousers but was not permitted to do," the newspaper reported.

Apology

The teen is planning to leave the school at the end of the year to join another institution. "This after the school told his mother that if the teen could not adhere to school rules and code of conduct, the parent should 'consider the option of an educational institution where the wearing of a uniform is not part of the tradition of that particular institution'," the report said.

Mannya apologised for any hurt that may have been caused by the incident and said that arrangements had been made "in the best interest of the child in the current circumstances".

He did not go into further detail about what the arrangements were.

He said the "right of this child to her preferred sexual orientation" must be asserted and that other children in similar circumstances must be supported.

Recommendations would be made to the executive council responsible for education on a process required to address transformation issues in schools, he said.

The term "transgender" was the state of a person’s "gender identity" not matching one's "assigned sex", and gender talked more to the role one chose to take in society as opposed to sexual organs.

Comments
  • Kenko - 2010-12-09 11:43

    I say let him choose his gender - not many people can. As long as he stays a boy and not later try and compete in athletics as a girl like you-know-who.

      Tieneke - 2010-12-09 11:56

      I'll call you IGNORANT! SHE WAS BORN A GIRL, WILL BE A GIRL AND WILL COMPETE AS A WOMAN!Don't you ever try and slander Casta Samenya's name. She is a brilliant athelete. The girl in this story was born a girl, trapped in the body of a girl, but her gender is a boy!

      tlikotsi - 2010-12-09 12:10

      You are really something KENKO...your comment is of a bitter person who doesn't think before talking. I hope you find joy with you pointless life.

      Alan - 2010-12-09 12:12

      No Tieneke - her gender is not male. Did you check her goods? She's a female, and unless she grows a willy, she'll stay a girl!

      chriscdow - 2010-12-09 12:46

      Voldemort's a girl? :-D

      OllieMor - 2010-12-09 12:48

      Alan, you ignorant prat. Please go do some research before you talk about stuff you know nothing about. Did YOU check his goods?

      Tieneke - 2010-12-09 12:48

      Alan do you know what "gender' means? Not her sex, her GENDER!!!!!!!! She is a boy, rapped in a girls body, even her hormones are MALE!

      K-9-Commando - 2010-12-09 12:59

      Caster Semenya, sadly has/had a biological problem which is totally out of her control. This girl is more fortunate, it is a psychological disorder which I believe she has at least some control over. This is just my opinion

      princess085 - 2010-12-09 13:06

      Dont be a Hater, She was born a female she isnt a transgender. she deserve a break from people like you, if you wana blame some1, Blame GOD if you have the balls to do so.

      Grant Wright - 2010-12-09 13:21

      Sjoe, are you 100% sure Samenya is female? i dont think anybody will really know besides Samenya.

      Spade - 2010-12-09 13:28

      I'm with chriscdow on this one. Who else can you-know-who possibly be?

      Spade - 2010-12-09 13:29

      I'm with chriscdow on this one. Who else can you-know-who possibly be?

      K-9-Commando - 2010-12-09 14:54

      @ princess085 FYI, Real men don't blame others especially God. Only losers who needs to get a life blame others. The true findings of the Semenya case was held confidential after they called her a "transvestite" not a "transgender" (there is a difference; one is physical while the other is psycological) as far as my knowledge goes, which is good in the sense that it protects her from scrutiny. That is if you called me a hater which I am not, i'm rather badly informed but so is all of us on the whole final report of the Semenya case.

  • SethZA - 2010-12-09 12:25

    Legal action should be taken against the school for discrimination.

      K-9-Commando - 2010-12-09 14:58

      I don't think it will work, I don't think transgenders are included in the current constitution. I might be wrong though

      silentcoder - 2013-01-23 13:52

      @K-9-Commando They are. Transgender is a sexual orientation (as well) and the constitution specifically protects against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

      2E1HSB - 2013-01-23 14:19

      @K-9-Commando and @silentcoder Here in the UK you cannot be discriminated against based on gender or gender identity. This includes transgender people. We call it The Equality Act. A Transman can still identify as a straight male, which is his sexual orientation. He can also identify as gay / bisexual / pansexual / etc. His gender identity has nothing to do with his sexual orientation. However, unless you still force women to never wear trousers, pay them lower wages, and treat them as property. I'm sure there is some Gender equality legislation in place somewhere here, and if this does not currently include transpeople, then this is where the problem lies. At no point does the problem lie with the pupil. He is doing nothing wrong here, the school needs a lesson in diversity.

  • MJ84@24.com - 2010-12-09 12:29

    Who is he harming? Let him be what he wants to be. It is a free country...

      toni.k.mcquillen - 2013-01-23 15:15

      Exactly!

  • thunyiwe - 2010-12-09 12:54

    The mother is to blame for all this nonsense, when I was a child I used get spanked for refusing adults orders. this child needs good lashing, that will do the trick.

      John - 2010-12-09 13:59

      And your mother should give you a good lashing for being so stupid! You cannot spank a problem right!

      Duits - 2013-01-23 12:39

      Shame, ignorance is bliss!

      toni.k.mcquillen - 2013-01-23 15:19

      This is a simple minded solution to the problem, one with no relevance, this isn't something new these things have been happening for years, we no longer live in a world where these subjects should be discriminated against, and I dont think a hiding will help someonse gender issues dicipline is to teach children not beat ideas or freedom of speech and basic human rights out of them.

  • rudolphdebeer - 2010-12-09 13:04

    Go-ahead. Let her wear trousers - just don't let her make any noise of harassment in the boys toilets or locker rooms, and don't let her into the girls ‘locker rooms either as he/she would love that. Hell, why not have everybody use the same toilets, and give them cameras to record the sex and rape and all the other sick things you are encouraging!! Why should one person be allowed to upset the entire system - give her hormone treatment and a hiding!

      brannawyn meester - 2010-12-09 15:31

      you said it... if you allow this then it will have a domino effect Isay while it sit and pis its a she.

  • Grant Wright - 2010-12-09 13:05

    I am no expert in this field so can somebody please help me along, if you are born a female then you should regard yourself as female and expect everybody to treat you like a female? Now she regards herself as male? Even so she is still female? If she regards herself as a male then she needs to seek help?

      K-9-Commando - 2010-12-09 14:37

      It is a Psychological thing. I once studied a whole chapter on this, it is really unsettling if you see these things for the very first time.

  • Spade - 2010-12-09 13:17

    This could very easily become a Pandora's Box! Allowing a girl who would rather be a boy to don the boy's school uniform is not only a gender issue, it also addresses the school uniform issue. Perhaps its time to get rid of school uniforms, and allow boys and girls to decide for themselves what to wear to school. We're allowing them to choose their own genders now, after all!

  • Tieneke - 2010-12-09 13:47

    This girl is TRANSGENDER and has been diagnosed by a Dr. Transgender is the state of one's "gender identity" (self-identification as woman, man, neither or both) not matching one's "assigned sex" (identification by others as male, female or intersex based on physical/genetic sex). "Transgender" does not imply any specific form of sexual orientation; transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, or asexual; some may consider conventional sexual orientation labels inadequate or inapplicable to them. The precise definition for transgender remains in flux, but includes: "Of, relating to, or designating a person whose identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender roles, but combines or moves between these."[1] "People who were assigned a sex, usually at birth and based on their genitals, but who feel that this is a false or incomplete description of themselves."[2] "Non-identification with, or non-presentation as, the sex (and assumed gender) one was assigned at birth." For you that do not know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Wikipedia

      Grant Wright - 2010-12-09 14:10

      @ Tieneke thanks Wikipedia. Would i find the same verse in the Bible or is it just a man made thing that has been forced onto society because of the sick world we live in? I still feel she needs help.

      pawsaw - 2010-12-09 17:37

      @Grant. I agree that this person needs understanding and respect but not necessarily "help". The individual believes themself to be mistakenly regarded as female gender. He thinks that he is a boy and not a girl. I, myself am really a bit wary as regarding Wikipedia as the final source on issues such as this. I'm also a bit perplexed as to the difference between a girl who believes herself to be a man trapped in a female body and a lesbian.

      toni.k.mcquillen - 2013-01-23 15:22

      This is not a religous topic Grant Wright it is a Gender one, you are entitled to your opinion however keep in mind the childs welfare when discussing it, we can not be so narrow minded that a book written by men (not a God) is the be all and end all.

      toni.k.mcquillen - 2013-01-23 15:24

      fed up taxpayer - what proof is there that animals dont suffer from this condition?

  • K-9-Commando - 2010-12-09 14:32

    @ princess085 FYI, Real men don't blame others especially God. Only losers who needs to get a life blame others. The true findings of the Semenya case was held confidential after they called her a "transvestite" not a "transgender" (there is a difference; one is physical while the other is psycological) as far as my knowledge goes, which is good in the sense that it protects her from scrutiny. That is if you called me a hater which I am not, i'm rather badly informed but so is all of us on the whole final report of the Semenya case.

  • toni.k.mcquillen - 2013-01-23 15:13

    Shame this poor child, how difficult for him to have to deal with this in his own mind, now to be subjected to this must be quite humiliating, it seems unnecessary as well, comments in poor taste do not solve this problem, surely he/she has a right to decide this for him/herself?

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