Racism: Grosvenor Girls High acting principal suspended

The KwaZulu-Natal education department has suspended the acting principal of Grosvenor Girls High School for alleged racist behaviour toward pupils of colour and financial mismanagement.

Head of department Nkosinathi Ngcobo said: “We are implementing the recommendations of the independent panel fully and hope the findings and the recommendations thereof will become our point of reference for our education system.”

In March the provincial department of education appointed an independent panel to investigate allegations of racism at the school.

Media reports quoted education MEC Kwazi Mshengu as saying the panel received evidence from former and current pupils, members of the teaching staff, general school workers, school governing body members and parents.

“We are satisfied that the panel covered all necessary ground and allowed all interested parties to tender evidence before arriving at its findings and recommendations,” Mshengu was quoted as saying at the time.

Earlier this year, black pupils at the school alleged that they were consistently being discriminated against by senior staff members. They later staged a protest outside the school premises against incidents of alleged racism. The protest was supported by members of the EFF in the area.

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