'Some independent schools are deeply diverse, but others have not transformed'

Are South African independent schools transformed with more black principals and teacher n the staff?

There have been reports which show that transformation remains a challenge for the country's independent schools.

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To discuss whether independent schools are transforming, Bongani Bingwa chats Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (Isasa) executive director Lebogang Montjane.

When I look at my daughter who is attending an independent school here in Johannesburg in 2019, she at least has black teachers and is also able to learn African languages. I think we have to be realistic, racism is here and even when we look around the world, we can try and teach hatred away, but unfortunately, you can't get rid of it all.

Lebogang Montjane, Executive director - Isasa

He says Isasa is looking at strategic plan moving forward in order to ensure that transformation in these schools continues to happen.

We do know that schools are changing in the demographic in the student body, but we are asking how many in management are people of colour. And how many people on your board are people of colour? We as Isasa have come to realise that the push is to have more representation on boards and in management.

Lebogang Montjane, Executive director - Isasa

Montjane says regrettably there are schools that think it is ok to have a management team that doesn't have a single black person on board.

There are still schools that think it's ok to have a board that doesn't have any women or doesn't have black people on it. I think independent schools are deeply diverse, but there are schools that are struggling in terms of representation.

Lebogang Montjane, Executive director - Isasa

Listen below to the full conversation on how independent schools should be transformed:


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