Streaming issues? Report here
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Best of Talk
See full line-up
Home
arrow_forward
Local

Why SA schools must tackle systemic transformation issues, not the symptoms

8 November 2018 5:31 PM
Tags:
Transformation
Education
Schools
A School where I Belong
Rustenburg Girls
Noszipho Mthembu
Roy Hellenberg
Educator and author Roy Hellenberg discusses how to measure inclusivity and social cohesion in schools.

Educator and author Roy Hellenberg says many schools only address symptoms of poor transformation when cases flare up from time to time.

This comes after claims that Rustenburg Girls' Junior School allegedly coerced its first ever black teacher, Nozipho Mthembu, to leave.

Hellenberg is the co-author of an insightful book called "A School where I Belong", written with educator Dylan Wray and academic Professor Jonathan Jansen.

He says systemic issues such as unchanged staffing need to be tackled at all South African schools.

WATCH: A guide on how to build truly transformed and inclusive SA schools

According to Hellenberg, the average age of teachers in South Africa is between 35 and 45.

This means that the majority of teachers grew up, were trained and taught in a divide educational system under apartheid.

He says there has been no training for senior teachers to transition from a mono-cultural environment to a multi-cultural one.

There needs to be a systematic retraining of teachers to engage with learners that come from diverse backgrounds, Hellenberg advises.

He stresses that the number of black staff or pupils at a school is not an accurate indicator of transformation, adding that social power is more important than ratios.

Hellenberg explains that many former model C schools still expect previously disadvantaged pupils to assimilate into the established school culture.

However, inclusion is not assimilation.

He discusses how to measure inclusivity and social cohesion in schools.

It's the schools that are struggling that only deal with symptoms when they flare up.

Roy Hellenberg, co-author of 'A School where I Belong'

They will continue to struggle because they are not dealing with the underlying issues.

Roy Hellenberg, co-author of 'A School where I Belong'

There are schools that are taking the process of transformation seriously... schools that are willing to do the hard work and the heart work.

Roy Hellenberg, co-author of 'A School where I Belong'

Listen to the discussion on The John Maytham Show:


8 November 2018 5:31 PM
Tags:
Transformation
Education
Schools
A School where I Belong
Rustenburg Girls
Noszipho Mthembu
Roy Hellenberg

More from Local

mmusi-maimane-resignsjpegjpg

READ: Mmusi Maimane’s resignation address

23 October 2019 6:03 PM

Mmusi Maimane resigned as the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

191023-mmusi-maimane-edjpg

Mmusi Maimane resigns as DA leader, Athol Trollip confirms party exit

23 October 2019 5:23 PM

Maimane’s resignation comes two days after Herman Mashaba announced his resignation from the party and subsequently as Johannesburg mayor.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

kia-picantojpg

Why it's worth forking out for super waiver insurance when hiring a car

23 October 2019 4:27 PM

Consumer journalist Wendy Knowler uncovers some of the hidden pitfalls of car hire contracts.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

grantleigh-pupil-art-workpng

My artwork is far from satanic, says Grantleigh pupil

23 October 2019 3:48 PM

The matric pupil at Grantleigh School, whose artwork is at the centre of religious debate online, has issued a formal statement.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

fullerjpg

[LISTEN] Memoirist Alexandra Fuller on her 'aching need' to write

23 October 2019 3:00 PM

British-born, Zimbabwean-raised author Alexandra Fuller speaks to John Maytham about her latest book 'Travel Light, Move Fast'.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

motsoaledijpg

Here's what you need to know about taking your kids out of SA

23 October 2019 1:45 PM

Baffled by the rules surrounding the movement of children into and out of SA? Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi explains.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

chad-abrahams-ewnjpg

Bonteheuwel matric pupil has to dodge bullets to and from school

23 October 2019 1:26 PM

EWN's Lizell Persens paints a picture of what matric pupils in Bonteheuwel have to deal with as final matric exams get underway.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Water tap outside

[LISTEN] No need to panic over Gauteng water supply, says expert

23 October 2019 1:00 PM

Visiting professor at the School of Governance at the University of the Witwatersrand Professor Mike Muller gives his take.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

grantleigh-pupil-art-workpng

Prof Jansen slams 'fake outrage' over 'demonic' art project at Curro school

23 October 2019 11:11 AM

Grantleigh School in KwaZulu-Natal is conducting an internal probe after Christian parents complained about an art exhibition.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

South African Airways SAA

'6 groundings in 2.5 years suggest overreaction or maintenance is falling apart'

23 October 2019 9:06 AM

Is there dodgy maintenance? The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviews Guy Leitch (Managing Editor at SA Flyer Magazine).

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward