[lg policy] South Africa: School in racial row allowed to keep licence after agreeing to changes

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sat Jun 27 21:25:58 UTC 2015

 School in racial row allowed to keep licence after agreeing to changes
by Staff Writer, June 26 2015, 15:47


   - Kind[image: Department of Basic Education spokesman Panyaza Lesufi.
   Picture: SOWETAN]
   Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: SOWETAN

   -  School race row teaches Curro chief a lesson
   -  Schools ‘segregation’ faces wider probe, says MEC
   -  Lesufi wants to review Curro’s licence

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THE Gauteng Education Department has suspended plans to withdraw the
licence of Curro’s embattled Roodeplaat private school in Pretoria, which
was accused of racial segregation earlier this year.

The decision to revoke Roodeplaat’s operating licence was taken after new
allegations of racial segregation surfaced this month, Gauteng education
MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on Friday.

But the Gauteng Education Department has suspended plans to withdraw the
licence, after Curro Holdings executives on Wednesday made numerous
commitments that include firing the current principal and the appointment
of a "diversity consultant", Mr Lesufi said.

The management structure at the school will be expanded to include a new
operational head, the department will assist the school to recruit suitably
qualified teachers to make its all-white staff more in line with employment
equity targets. When transported, pupils will not be separated according to
race or language.

Curro’s Roodeplaat school in Pretoria has now been at the centre of two
highly public disputes of alleged racial segregation this year. In February
the school was accused of segregating pupils into different classes based
on their race — while the school said its pupils were separated according
to language policy, not race. In May, a report into the incident ultimately
found there was separation of classes based on race. While the report was
damning, Mr Lesufi said there were undertakings from Curro and a licence
withdrawal at the time was not justified.

In June, a video surfaced showing pupils disembarking from buses being
separated into two groups again according to race — again sparking a furore.

Despite the second group of English pupils containing some white pupils, Mr
Lesufi said on Friday the department would not tolerate language or culture
being used as an excuse for non-racial schools.

The company has until October to implement these resolutions, although the
licence can be revoked at anytime, said Mr Lesufi.

"I have suspended my decision, I have not cancelled my decision," he said.


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