Parents say Rustenberg Girls Junior School not doing enough to promote diversity
Cape Town - Fed up parents from Rustenberg Girls Junior School have slammed the school for not doing enough to promote diversity and transformation.
A group calling themselves the Parents for Change of Rustenburg Girls' Junior School addressed the media at a press briefing on Tuesday. The parents presented their concerns around the resistance to transformation at Rustenburg Girls and other former Model C schools.
“We have raised our concerns on numerous occasions with the school principal but they have proven to be fruitless,” Professor Nuraan Davids said.
The press briefing comes after racism allegations surfaced at the school following the coerced resignation of grade 5 teacher Nozipho Mthembu. She has since launched a complaint of unfair labour practices and discrimination with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA).
“If I look at a class photo of a Grade R class right now, at best I will see two black faces. Now that is not a reflection of the society we live in. You can’t tell us you are prioritising inclusivity, you are prioritising transformation and you are prioritising diversity when it's not being reflected on what's visible to me,” Davids said.
The group has also rubbished claims from the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) that Mthembu was treated fairly.
“We have engaged with the Western Cape Education Department on our school and our concerns. They are fully aware of our concerns,” Davids said.
Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer said: “There have been general issues raised by some members at the school regarding lack of transformation, and my Head of Department has taken an active role in the ongoing discussions that are taking place in that regard, in order to resolve them.”