[lg policy] Gauteng to do away with apartheid feeder school policies.

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Fri Nov 16 10:50:14 EST 2018

- Gauteng to do away with apartheid feeder school policies.

News <https://www.iol.co.za/the-star/news> / 15 November 2018, 11:37am

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There were protests at Overvaal Hoerskool in the Vaal at the beginning of
the year with parents and political parties saying the school does not want
to admit black pupils.

Bantu education architect Hendrik Verwoerd must be turning in his grave
over “groundbreaking” moves to de-racialise the school feeder zone policies
in Gauteng,.

This is what MEC for Gauteng Education Panyaza Lesufi said on Thursday
morning while announcing a gazette that he said would do away with
apartheid feeder policies.

Addressing journalists at the department’s offices in Johannesburg, Lesufi
said the new feeder policies will kick in by 2020. The public has 30 days
to comment on the gazette.

Gauteng has over the years seen a number of standoffs involving
Afrikaans-medium refusing to admit black learners.

This year also kicked off with protests by parents and political parties
outside Overvaal Hoerskool in the Vaal over the same complaints.

African parents accused the Afrikaans-medium school of blocking their
children because they had never been taught solely in Afrikaans throughout
their schooling career.

Lesufi said the new policies will avert such issues, as language policies
of all the schools would have to accommodate learners from the communities.

The new policies are also aimed at opening the schools for learners from
surrounding communities.

“We really believe this is a groundbreaking way of opening our schools to
all our children. All our schools now can belong to all communities,” said

“Whatever Hendrik Verwoed introduced, I've changed,” Lesufi said. “I'm
quite convinced he's not happy in that grave.Gone are the days when parents
would have to fake addresses to secure their children space in schools
located in affluent communities, said Lesufi.

“All our schools now belong to all South Africans.”

Schools in the province will have to redraft their policies and submit them
to the department for approval.

“It means every school policy must now be re-admitted to the department,”
said Lesufi.

“All those school policies must be submitted to the head of department. I
don't want to be conflicted, you know my views. I'm removing the

Lesufi said all the schools across Gauteng were consulted. Also,
organisations involved in education played a major role in the content of
the gazette.

These included Equal Education, the National Association of School
Governing Bodies and the Federation of Governing Bodies of South Africa.

“I'm grateful to them. They really persuaded us where they felt the
department was not fair,” said Lesufi.

 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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