SAHRC concerned over discrimination allegations at schools

In a statement, the commission noted the various allegations at several schools across the country.

Sans Souci students protest outside of their school to highlight the alleged racist hair and language policies of the institution. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has raised serious concerns over allegations of discrimination at several schools across the country.

Learners have been protesting against what they view as discriminatory and racist policies at schools in Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein.

In a statement, the SAHRC has noted the various allegations of differential treatment and discrimination experienced by black learners at several schools.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is investigating claims of racism and discrimination at Pretoria High School for Girls following a protest by a group of learners last week.

This demonstration sparked similar protests at Saint Michael's and Sans Souci where some learners claim they've been subjected to racism and discrimination from teachers and fellow learners, based on the school's language and hair policies.

Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schafer has launched an investigation into the claims at Sans Souci, demanding a new code of conduct by the end of September.

The Cape Times has reported on allegations of discriminatory language policy at the Holy Cross High School in Maitland where learners are fined for speaking any language other than English.