Sans Souci Girls' High School code of conduct under review

Following protests over rules that dictate what black girls at Pretoria Girls High School should do with their hair, girls at Sans Souci Girls' High School have also opened up about issues of racism.

The pupils complained about, amongst other issues, the school's language policy, saying that they are not allowed to speak in their mother tongue when at school or in uniform.

Paddy Attwell, WC education department spokesman says there were various allegations made and the matter is being investigated.

He says the circuit manager and Minister Debbie Schafer visited the school to find out what the situation was and they are certainly concerned about reports coming out of the school.

Minister Schafer put out a very strong statement yesterday saying this policy is unacceptable, it needs to be revised.

Paddy Atwell, WC education department Head of Communications

He further said that the Minister had said that the children have a right to speak in a language of their choice. The school is currently revising their code of conduct which will be implemented in the forth term, says Attwell

As far as the language issue is concerned, according to the school, the policy has helped to ensure good academic achievements and the school obtains 100% but it does appear to be a heavy handed approach, no doubt.

Paddy Atwell, WC education department Head of Communications

Billie-Jean Stockenstroom-Demas, former student at San Souci Girls says the review of the code of conduct at the school has been under review since 2013, according to the former head girl.

We do feel that the code of conduct needs to change, the tone of it needs to change. We also do feel that the ideologies that these code of conducts are based on needs to change.

Billie-Jean Stockenstroom-Demas, former student at San Souci Girls

We strongly believe that Mrs Charmaine Murray (school principal) is the number one person in charge of those ideologies

Billie-Jean Stockenstroom-Demas, former student at San Souci Girls

Billie-Jean says they will be handing over a memorandum of demands to the school's management and Western Cape Education Department.

Listen to a leaner at Sans Souci speak about the situation at school:

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