Peo­ple who lack the facts are far too quick to jump to con­clu­sions

Cape Argus - - METRO - COUN­CIL­LOR YAGYAH ADAMS Cape Mus­lim Con­gress

THE year 2019 is off to a bumpy start. South African driv­ers were de­ter­mined to drive in­tox­i­cated and in­jure and kill dur­ing the hol­i­days. The Clifton beach nar­ra­tive sug­gested to the world that South Africans are un­civilised and un­able to man­age con­flict with­out slaugh­ter­ing an­i­mals in pub­lic spa­ces.

Black beach­go­ers screamed racism, white res­i­dents claimed self­de­fence against crime.

With­out any shame, Eskom an­nounced a huge in­crease in the price of elec­tric­ity. At the same time, some towns in our prov­ince claimed that the drought had in­flicted dam­age of bib­li­cal pro­por­tions.

As school restarted, some un­wise teacher posted a class­room pic­ture on the par­ent group chat where black kids sat sep­a­rately from white kids. While logic sug­gests that no teacher with racist in­tent would post such a pic­ture, all hell broke loose in any case. The SGB sug­gested that racism was not in­tended but rather, the black kids were weaker in English and re­quired spe­cial at­ten­tion. Some me­dia re­ported that the kids were more calm amid their own.

Who knows what the truth is? After 10 years as an SGB chair­man of a pri­mary school, I was aware of prac­tices at var­i­ous schools that may seem prej­u­diced. For ex­am­ple, some teach­ers sep­a­rate pupils by abil­ity. Thus those weak in maths would be in a dif­fer­ent class from those who were strong. In some classes weak pupils sit in front, and in other classes naughty pupils sit closer to the teacher for eas­ier mon­i­tor­ing. Some years ago, a prin­ci­pal sep­a­rated the girls from the boys as that spe­cific year the boys were too hor­monal, which cre­ated need­less prob­lems. After these boys grad­u­ated the prob­lem left with them.

Since no­body is per­fect and we all make mis­takes, it is vi­tal for par­ents to note that each school has a prin­ci­pal, a gov­ern­ing body and a school man­age­ment hi­er­ar­chy via which prob­lems must be re­solved. When we re­duce ev­ery­thing that we think, we hear and see to our emo­tional con­structs with­out gen­uine proof, chaos will re­sult as par­ents then re­gard them­selves as revo­lu­tion­ar­ies.

As par­ents we must re­mem­ber that teach­ing, like nurs­ing and po­lice work, is thank­less work that has lim­ited fi­nan­cial re­wards. Thus we must not jump at ev­ery chance to an­noy those who do this work.

We must also be aware that it is an elec­tion year and that de­vi­ous, self­ish politi­cians with­out in­tegrity will use any op­por­tu­nity to grand­stand and will use racism as a weapon.

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