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Sans Souci Girls' High School reviewing code of conduct - WCED

The school is reviewing its code of conduct following claims of discrimination from current and past pupils.

Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) says Sans Souci Girls' High School is reviewing its code of conduct.

Eyewitness News has received complaints from former and current pupils of the Newlands school, saying they feel they're being discriminated against over the institution's language and uniform policies.

Former head prefect Nicole Jones says she's decided to speak out in the wake of protests at the Pretoria High School for Girls.

"We would like to see the various discriminatory hair policies, which ban 'exotic' hairstyles, to go. This includes the language policy which forbids the speaking of Xhosa on the school's premises."

LISTEN: Public Protector talks hair, racism & school policies

One young woman says she and her classmates are often berated for speaking Xhosa during break time.

"I think it should be allowed for you to speak another language. A lot of the time it's not allowed and you'll go to detention, or you'll get a demerit because you speak a different language other than English."

The WCED's Paddy Attwell says allegations of racism and discrimination are being probed.

"The school is consulting all sectors and has nearly completed their consultation process. The school governing body has revisited the tone of the code and polices regarding hairstyles. The tone of the code will change significantly according to the school. The code will encourage learners to be neat and present themselves well as young women who can make a difference."

EWN is still awaiting comment from the school.

WATCH: Alleged racism, discrimination at Pretoria High School for Girls

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