WCED calls on schools to review codes of conduct

The call comes after concern was raised over several schools codes of conduct recently.

Sans Souci Girls High teacher Sarah Evans has pledged her support for learners protesting against the school’s language and hair policy. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department(WCED) has called on all schools to review their codes of conduct to ensure they are in line with the Constitution.

This comes after concern was raised over several schools' codes of conduct recently.

At Pretoria Girls High there were protests over the hair policy and in Cape Town there were similar demonstrations against San Souci in Newlands.

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The WCED has sent a circular to all schools across the province in a bid to ensure codes of conduct are in line with the Constitution.

The department states schools need to ensure all stakeholders, including parents and learners, are involved in the drafting the code.

If there are any disagreements regarding the policy, it needs to be discussed before being formally adopted.

The department says when a governing body adopts a code of conduct, it needs to ensure it is in the best interests of the school and all the learners.