Cape Town - A concerned group of parents, calling themselves Parents for Change at Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School, says transformation attempts have been met with tremendous resistance and had not been prioritised at the school.
The group, which was formed in August last year following instances which it referred to as “tremendous resistance” to transformation at the Cape Town school, called a press conference on Tuesday to express their concerns after they said their attempts to be heard had not been prioritised.
The media briefing followed the recent resignation of the school's Grade 5 teacher Nozipho Mthembu and the subsequent fall-out over the reasons for her exit.
Group representative Tania Katzschner said: "The dilemma with the transformation attempts in the past has been tremendous resistance. Parents who have led transformation were not seen as partners or as allies. Last year there has been an instance where three parents who were part of the School Governing Body (SGB) resigned at the same moment, so that was a big moment that caused us to get involved. The intention is to get the school listening."
She added that the group's intention was to address the issue of indifferences and work on transformation objectives. "We want to build care, we want to be seen as allies in a school that has got such possibility and opportunity to work on something really amazing. We are concerned about the indifference that we sometimes face, and the communication in the school.