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Hout Bay School Faces Racism Allegations – WCED Responds

After staff members at Disa Primary School in Hout Bay came forward with allegations of racism and exploitation, the WCED has condemned discrimination and has reaffirmed its efforts to end discrimination and embrace diversity.

Disa Primary refused to comment after a demonstration organised by Hout Bay residents took place at the school yesterday.

Community activist, Roscoe Jacobs claimed that several staff have come forward with allegations of racism and exploitation at the Hout Bay school.

“The black staff are being treated differently from other races at the school,” he said in a Cape Times report. “Many of them have reported that racism and exploitation of black staff at the school have been happening for over nine years now.

’’White staff members are granted leave without hesitation but it is a different case for black staff. We want more workers to come out in their numbers so that they can address these issues. The school has agreed to meet us next week to discuss the matters.”

These allegations have emerged in the wake of the Brackenfell High School demonstrations that charged racial divisiveness around the country earlier this month, which ultimately resulted in violence. Provincial Education Department (WCED) spokesperson, Bronagh Hammond, has said that they are putting in efforts to uncover and address instances of discrimination in schools around the province.

“Over the past few years the WCED has initiated many discussions with schools to address allegations of discrimination,” he said in the Cape Times report.

“While many issues have been resolved through courageous and ongoing conversations, and the implementation of various strategies, as for policies and protocols that promote inclusivity and diversity, much still needs to be done.

“The WCED condemns any form of prejudice. We are working very hard to instil the embracing of diversity across the province, and will continue to do so. Over the past two years, the WCED has been engaging schools with the aid of organisations specialising in this field to embrace various groups and cultures.”

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