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Louwville High learners want some teachers to leave

Despite feedback from Louwville High School, learners say they will only stop protesting once the educators they are unhappy with leave the school.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) said this week that it is still looking into the allegations made against one of the educators while another was not charged.

“A meeting took place on Friday where responses to learner complaints/demands were discussed and feedback given. While there were a number of demands or issues that had been raised and addressed, the issue relating to two of the educators and alleged statements made still remains.

“The Department did not charge one of the educators due to lack of evidence provided.

“The matter pertaining to the second educator is still under review,” Bronagh Hammond, department spokesperson, said.

The department is still engaging with the group of aggrieved learners.

Learners and the school management have been at odds for months. Members of the student body say they want one specific senior educator fired and another criminally prosecuted for alleged sexual harassment.

The learners, most of whom are black and English speakers, received feedback from the school’s governing body last week about their various claims.

“We don’t think the Department of Education gave these answers. This is from the school and governing body.

“We won’t stop protesting until the teachers [we complained about] leave the school,” learners told Weslander this week.

In a statement from the school feedback was given about the learners’ various complaints which ranged from locking of school gates “too early” to alleged racist remarks by educators.

According to the statement all claims were investigated.

Issues like school buses arriving late in the morning were taken up with the service provider while other matters like the competence of educators were referred to the Western Cape Department of Education.

Still leaners are not satisfied.

Weslander spoke to a small group of learners on Tuesday who gathered outside the school gates.

They say they want the teachers in question gone and English to be the main medium of instruction.

On its part the school governing body stated that investigations into racial remarks from educators, the bad treatment of black students or physical violence yielded no tangible proof.

However, learners were urged to report any such occurrences immediately to the school principle, Emile Petrus, and to speak to their RCL leaders to take the matter further.

In the interim Petrus has called for calm at the school as matriculants are currently busy writing exams.

Practical exams began on Monday 2 September, leading to the official October/November sittings, which ends on Thursday 28 November.

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