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Anti-racist policies implemented at Bloem school

The policies compiled by Unisa experts are the first of their kind in the country.

FILE: An empty science classroom. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Anti-racist policies compiled by experts from the University of South Africa have been implemented at the Viljoen Secondary School in Bloemfontein following an investigation.

The policies are the first of their kind in the country.

Last year, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) issued a report finding that staff members at the school were racist after interviews with learners.

It made recommendations that the school put an anti-racism policy in place and that staff and learners complete anti-racism training.

Deputy Principal Ferdie Bergh says the anti-racism policies have been successful.

"The SAHRC was very pleased. It has been very positive for everyone."

Bergh says while racism only accounts for a fraction of the school's problems, discipline remains a huge issue.

'It's getting out of hand and making it very difficult for teachers."

The SAHRC says it's impressed with the changes.