Racism driving principal protests
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