Parents, pupils claim racism at Roodepoort school

2017-02-10 08:05


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Johannesburg - The Gauteng education department will on Friday visit a Roodepoort high school following complaints from parents that teachers allegedly called their children monkeys, devils, and assholes.

One parent said she had to move her children to another school.

“My children told me to take them out of that school, they told me that they were called monkeys and made to sit on the floor,” she claimed.

Another said: “This week my daughter told me that there is a new Afrikaans teacher. While teaching them, he said they are assholes and that they don’t know Afrikaans.

“Two weeks ago, in another class, a teacher chased the students out of the class and said that they smell, therefore she can’t teach them. So, she sent them to a black teacher to teach them,” the parent alleged. 

The children, who cannot be named, claimed their complaints to the principal fell on deaf ears.

“The principal doesn’t listen to us. We can’t go to him and tell him what the teachers are doing because he doesn’t do anything,” one pupil said.

Parents said they complained, and the department sent investigators last year and promised to follow up.

A former pupil, Kagiso Mogale, said he had been told many times that “his people”, referring to blacks, were corroding the character and status of the school and bringing down its reputation.

Another pupil said a teacher had told her to go back to Soweto because she could not swim.

“Our culture as black people was constantly being suppressed. At times, we were instructed not to speak African languages amongst ourselves,” said Mogale.

Department spokesperson Oupa Bodibe said district officials would visit the school on Friday morning to investigate.

“This is a very serious allegation and, if found to be true, the department will not hesitate to take appropriate disciplinary action against the school principal and everyone implicated.”

The principal did not respond to repeated requests to comment.

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