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WCED asks schools to review codes of conduct

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has asked schools in the province to review their codes of conduct to ensure that all policies are in line with the constitution.

WCED's Jessica Shelver explains that learners must be represented on committees that review school policies in an inclusive process.

Some schools haven't reviewed their codes of conduct since back in the '90s. It's an important aspect that the learners need to be a a part of.

Jessica Shelver, WCED ministerial spokesperson

This comes after some schools in Cape Town embarked on protests over what they believe are draconian school rules.

Pupils at Sans Souci Girls' High School have been protesting against discriminatory policies relating to hair and language.

Meanwhile learners at Joe Slovo High School in Khayelitsha protested against fines and penalties apparently for late-comers and learners who fall pregnant.

The pupils and some teachers claim that the principal collects money from them and have called for his dismissal.

At the same time Shelver has condemned violent protests by a group of learners at the school saying that discipline is needed at all schools.

We have to be specific. Yes, there are rules that must go if they are archaic and unconstitutional. But we have to have discipline. It's and essential part of governing a school.

Jessica Shelver, WCED ministerial spokesperson

Other schools that have come into the spotlight for their practices include Grove Primary and Fairbairn College.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

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