A former matriculant named Mishka Wazar has shared examples of what she has labelled racial discrimination at Pretoria Girls High School.
This comes after a protest by black scholars at the prestigious school who spoke out against racial discrimination which has sparked a national conversation under the #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh on social media.
Speaking to 702's John Robbie, Wazar who writes for the Daily Vox, said although she is Indian and didn't experience racism at the same degree as her black counterparts, the school's rules were 'borderline racist'.
One of the first places racism has to removed is in schools. Children shouldn't have to be fighting this. #stopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) August 28, 2016
The learners claim that they have been instructed to straighten their hair or face being barred from writing their preliminary exams. They also claim that they are often dispersed if they are found to be gathered in small groups and told not to converse in vernacular.
Gauteng's MEC for education, Panyaza Lesufi, intervened in the matter and has vowed to get to the bottom of the issue at various schools in the province.
I do think the rules [the school] enforced tend to be extremely stringent and borderline racist.— Mishka, former scholar at Pretoria Girls High
The teachers would go on about it being part of tradition, but my question is, whose tradition?— Mishka, former scholar at Pretoria Girls High