The ANC Youth League sent a memorandum to the prestigious Pretoria High School for Girls, in which it demanded, among other things, that the school’s code of conduct is reviewed and that an independent party be appointed to investigate allegations of racism at the school. The school’s policy on how girls should wear their hair should also be completely done away with.
“Our attention is drawn to the problem of racism, which is still taking place at Pretoria High School for Girls. This is not a new issue. Already in 2016, learners rebelled against the code of conduct that stipulates that black students must straighten their hair, ”reads the Youth League’s memorandum to the school.
The school replied that the hair policy had already been revised to allow “afro’s”, provided that it was neat and well-groomed and did not hinder other learners from being able to see the board in front of the class. “The school’s code of conduct was also reviewed in 2017 and the input of all stakeholders was taken into account at that time. The code will be reviewed again during the fourth term of the year, ”the school said.
According to the Youth League, some of the black learners complain that the school refuses to listen to their grievances or investigate complaints of racism. Therefore, they demanded the following:
- The total removal of the school’s hair policy, which “discriminates against black learners”
- Presenting isiZulu as an elective at school
- Feedback on claims already made in 2016.
- The establishment of an independent party to investigate the alleged “institutional racism” at the school
- A Review of the employment process to make appointments more diverse
- A Revision of the code of conduct
The Youth League requested that the school’s governing body, as well as the MEC for education in the province, comply with these demands within 21 days. “The parties’ failure to touch on this matter will have a negative effect on the learners and society as a whole,” reads the memorandum.