Cornwall Hill College apologises to pupils for slow pace of transformation

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi met with management of the private school on Monday morning after a standoff between parents and teachers over allegations of racism and unfair treatment of black pupils.

An aerial view of Cornwall Hill College. Picture: @CornwallHill/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Cornwall Hill College has publicly apologised to pupils for the slow pace of transformation and the Irene school has promised to work harder to be more inclusive.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi met with management of the private school on Monday morning after a standoff between parents and teachers over allegations of racism and unfair treatment of black pupils.

Peaceful protests have been staged over the past week, with pupils and parents demanding change.

There have been several peaceful protests a year after the first allegation was reported.

One pupil said that she'd suffered several racial encounters at the school.

“On my way to break when a teacher stopped me, ‘your hair is not presentable, it is messy, and it's not the Cornwall way.’ After that encounter, I believed there was something wrong with my natural kinky hair,” the emotional student said.

One mother said that parents would continue to support their children as they pressured management to make necessary changes.

“Each parent, each executive head, each teacher and each adult in this community must hang their heads in shame. I am proud, though, that as young people, you remained resolute, we are ready to take this baton. Today we pledge to hold this board, today we pledge to hold this executive team to account,” she said.

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