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South African Police Service march to disperse students blocking traffic in Johannesburg, in March. (Michele Spatari / AFP via Getty Images)
South African Police Service march to disperse students blocking traffic in Johannesburg, in March. (Michele Spatari / AFP via Getty Images)

If our state treated rich, white and heterosexual men the way it treats black, queer, poor and female people, there'd be a tax revolt, with the world imposing economic sanctions, writes Siya Khumalo.

In 2000, the Education Department used us as guinea pigs for Curriculum 2005, in which a student couldn't fail, but would be declared "not yet competent". My world was also overhauled by the realisation that the bullies were right: I was gay.  

C2005 allowed the teachers ("facilitators") to teach the Bill of Rights during Human and Social Studies as well as Life Orientation in the newfangled Outcomes Based Education syllabus, bouncing off the 1999 general elections to explore the electoral system, the histories of our Cabinet ministers as well as our past.  And for anyone who'd missed the memo, they also sent me to a gender and sexuality workshop on my grade's behalf.

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