Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has given Pretoria High School for girls 21 days to formulate and introduce new rules regarding the appearance of black scholars.
This comes after the school was thrust into the spotlight on Monday, when black scholars protested racial discrimination at the school, using the #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh hashtag on twitter.
Numerous allegations were leveled against staff and management were the use of oppressive rules. Scholars say they are barred from speaking in their vernacular tongue amongst themselves, are dispersed when gathering in groups, and are threatened with being prevented from writing their preliminary exams if they don't relax their natural afros.
We're working on race relations, and ensuring that some of the words that people are using at the school are completely unacceptable.— Panyaza Lesufi, Gautend education MEC
Lesufi says learners need to be able to challenge the school's culture and be allowed to speak up.
It's a foreign culture. Learners there must listen, they must not speak to management, they must not speak to teachers, they are there to listen.— Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng education MEC
The school has accepted that something went terribly wrong because there was no need for them to call the police with guns and dogs on the school premises for 16 year olds.— Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng education MEC