MEC vows to fight racism in Gauteng schools

Panyaza Lesfufi says the current state of schooling environments are still highly segregated.

FILE. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi addressing the Education Summit in Pretoria on 26 September 2015. Picture: Gauteng Education ‏@EducationGP.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says his department will continue to fight non-racial environments at schools.

Lesufi was speaking at a briefing in Pretoria following a provincial summit where delegates have reviewed education policies impacting social cohesion.

Language and admission policies have been highlighted as key areas of concern affecting integration at schools.

Lesfufi says the current state of schooling environments are still highly segregated.

Last weekend the department held a summit attended by members of civil society, political parties, school governing bodies, associations and religious groups.

Recommendations have been made for the powers of school governing bodies to be amended, to bring an end to discriminatory language and admissions criteria.