Education MEC Concerned By DF Malan High School Homophobia Allegations
The Western Cape Education MEC issued a statement confirming that district officials are investigating the DF Malan High School homophobia allegations.
Debbie Schäfer, the Education MEC, announced that she is deeply concerned by the allegations of discrimination against LGBTQI+ learners at DF Malan High School.
In the statement, Schäfer stated that "such behaviour has absolutely no place in our schools."
This development occurred after allegations of homophobia surfaced at Hoërskool DF Malan in Belville, where staff reportedly banned learners from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ+) community from gathering at the school.
A group of learners stated that they were threatened and intimidated when they gathered at break time on Monday to celebrate the first week of International Pride Month.
Learners claim that they were subject to hate speech by queerphobic staff and students.
According to Schäfer, the Western Cape Education Department was alerted to these allegations on Wednesday.
Schäfer announced that district officials are investigating the matter.
The MEC hopes to work with the school to ensure that such incidents are not repeated.
"The WCED is committed to ensuring that our schools are inclusive spaces, where values of equality and non-discrimination are upheld. We expect our schools to take active steps to promote such an environment," said Schäfer.
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