Principal Responds To Racism Allegations Against Cornwall Hill College
The school principal at Cornwall Hill College has come out to respond to allegations of racism levelled against the school.
Pretoria based elite school Cornwall College has recently come under public scrutiny following accusations of racism.
Following the events transpired since the protest on Monday morning, Cornwall Hill College executive principal, Leon Kunneke, has since come out to respond to these allegations. Speaking to radio 702's Aubrey Masango on a telephonic interview.
The principal went on to outline some of the measures that the school has been implementing and intends to take in order to rectify the racial injustices that were mentioned during the protest.
"I think after last year 2020, at the surfacing of concerns from some past pupils and current pupils, we took it seriously in first of all by being advised to start a consultative forum that is representative of all stakeholders across the various groups within the school." he explains
"That forum was established and the questions were being asked, What is the plite of this forum? It was then formalized into a diversity transformation committee with an elected chair person who would serve on our board of directors." he says
"They have been very active in terms of addressing issues relating to matters such as overviewing the hair policy, anti-discrimination policy. They have a charter, according to which they function to provide input to the board of directors they have designed a framework with matters of concern presented by pupils,past and present to be addressed" He continues "We will be developing a work-plan to be presented to the board of directors." says the principal.
On Monday morning students and their parents embarked on a peaceful protest against the school accusing it of racial discrimination against black students and lack of transformation within its ranks.
The protest resulted in a visit by Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, who addressed the teachers, parents and students declaring an immediate end to any form racism and further mistreatment of other students at the school. He further called for a review of the school's policies on tranformation.
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