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Sans Souci principal asked to stay away amid investigation

The principal of Sans Souci Girls High School‚ Charmaine Murray, has been asked to take a leave of absence while an investigation by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is conducted.

We agreed between us and felt that it would be better if the principal was not at the school until we finish this investigation.. because it's clearly volatile and we want to resolve these issues.

Debbie Schafer, Western Cape Education MEC

WCED MEC Debbie Schafer, and department officials, met with parents and protesting learners to discuss what they call draconian rules relating to hair and language.

Former and current pupils as well as teachers have been protesting against claims of racism and discrimination at the school.

Schafer explains that pupils are prohibited from speaking their mother tongues while both on and off school premises.

In addition to several other allegations, pupils are only permitted to use the bathroom five times a year during classroom hours.

Schafer has ordered the school's governing body to adopt a new code of conduct by the end of this month, and they have already held an urgent meeting to review the policies and draw up a memorandum.

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