The controversial departure of a teacher from the Rustemburg Youth Town School in Cape Town has highlighted major questions about the transformation in schools in South Africa, a group called Parents for Change said on Monday.
"We are shocked by the circumstances surrounding the resignation of Nozipho Mthembu," the group said in a statement after the Mail & Guardian revealed that the school's first black teacher left after being harmed and without support.
"The injustice experienced by Ms Mthembu is just a manifestation of a much larger farce," a statement before a press conference to discuss the broader transformation concerns set for Tuesday.
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"We are well aware that behind the facades of transformation and diversity, certain people continue to genuinely believe that it is the color of skin that defines a person." For many years, the issue of transformation has been swept under the rug, "he said. the statement. .
Meanwhile, the education department of the Western Cape stated that Professor Nozipho Mthembu resigned "after legitimate concerns that were raised with her."
"Out of respect for your privacy, this was not disclosed," said MEC educator Debbie Schäfer.
Call to Natalie Maimane from SGB to resign
Mthembu was not immediately available for comment, but she told Cape Talk that she was not told what she was doing wrong, and eventually felt pressured to resign or lose her credibility.
Schäfer said the school's only admission of irregularities in the matter was because of procedural issues regarding the process followed.
She said the department was also not aware of the allegations of racism involving the teacher and because she was hired by the school board of directors (SGB), the department was not aware of the proceedings concerning her appointment and dismissal.
"I also took note of the allegations of some parents' behavior at school, which, if true, is unacceptable. The SGB informed me that they are working on a code of conduct for parents that they have committed to make available to the school." parents to comment before the end of the year.
"I will also ensure that parents are approached about the unacceptability of such conduct."
Meanwhile, the ANC in the Western Cape province has demanded the resignation of Natalie Maimane of SGB, whose husband is the leader of the opposition. Maimane is listed as being in the SGB with a focus on human resources. The ANC Youth League wants all the GBS to be removed.
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