Racism driv­ing prin­ci­pal protests

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Nathaniel Lee

THE FURORE over the ap­point­ment of a black prin­ci­pal at Klip­spruit West Sec­ondary is mo­ti­vated en­tirely by racism.

Much as the school is sit­u­ated in a pre­dom­i­nantly coloured area, there ex­ists a strong like­li­hood that the ma­jor­ity of the learn­ers at this school are black. Such a re­al­ity raises ques­tions that those spear­head­ing these protests can­not ad­e­quately re­spond to.

Ac­cord­ing to the SA Schools Act, the ap­point­ment of prin­ci­pals, teach­ers and aux­il­iary staff in a school is the do­main of the school gov­ern­ing body (SGB), sub­ject to the ap­proval and rat­i­fi­ca­tion by the head of depart­ment of the pro­vin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment.

The SGB in turn is con­sti­tuted by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the par­ents, teach­ers and learn­ers, in the case of sec­ondary schools. The par­ents in­vari­ably con­sti­tute the ma­jor­ity as the ma­jor stake­hold­ers.

It is clear that to qual­ify as a mem­ber of a school’s SGB, one ei­ther has to be a par­ent or guardian, a teacher, sup­port staff mem­ber or learner. It goes with­out say­ing, there­fore, that in a school where the ma­jor­ity of the learn­ers are black, then black par­ents are bound to dom­i­nate the struc­ture.

For the coloured com­mu­nity of Klip­spruit West to be up in arms about the ap­point­ment of a black prin­ci­pal is disin­gen­u­ous and flies in the face of logic, as the in­ter­ests of the ma­jor­ity of the learn­ers caught in the cross­fire of these protests are dis­counted.

The in­ter­ests of the learn­ers should be pri­ori­tised, and if that were the pol­icy to be fol­lowed, black par­ents would not have a prob­lem with the ap­point­ment of a black prin­ci­pal. What these ac­tivist pro­test­ers fail to grasp is that the coun­try has moved from the anachro­nism of dis­crim­i­na­tory prac­tices based on race. Klip­spruit

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