As more teens come out as transgender, experts have been clashing over how schools should help to tackle disbelief and prejudice.
There is a lot of fear surrounding the acceptance of transgender children in our schools.
How do we ensure that we protect these pupils and guide them that process?
When do schools then respond to changes in the pupil's gender identity?
Western Cape schools are starting to embrace transgender learners and are encouraged to protect members of the LGBTQI community from bullying, thanks to the Department of Basic Education.
Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, Western Cape Education Department Spokesperson Bronagh Hammond says they don't have a specific policy at this stage as it hasn't come up as a systemic issue until now.
We had another case about a year ago and now we need to look at it and address it and we are addressing the different aspects of this.— Bronagh Hammond, Western Cape Education Department Spokesperson
It is a very sensitive issue but we need to help schools resolve these cases and embrace diversity and inclusivity within the schools.— Bronagh Hammond, Western Cape Education Department Spokesperson
Listen below to the full interview:
This article first appeared on 702 : How schools can support LGBTQI pupils?