The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is investigating Vredenburg Primary School in the Saldanah Bay municipality after a second-year student from Stellenbosch University was allegedly denied an opportunity to observe a class by the principal of the school because of his hair.
According to the Cape Argus, as part of his module, William Sezoe, 19, who bleached the top of his hair blonde, was required to start his compulsory class observation last week on Monday at the school of his choice for two weeks.
He however claimed that he was chased away by Andre Muller, the principal of the Vredenburg Primary School.
A statement released by the EFF Western Cape said that Muller repeatedly reminded the student that he is not welcomed into ‘his’ school with that kind of hair as he would set a bad example for the students.
After the bombardment from Muller, Sezoe left the school with a broken heart.
“How the principal acted towards me touched my heart, and I vented out on social media, because I wanted to calm myself. He could have just spoken nicely, maybe call me to his office to address the situation, not to shout in front of learners, teachers and parents,” Sezoe told the Cape Argus.
WCED spokesperson Bronagh Hammond confirmed that the department has been made aware of the incident.
She however said the initial reports from both sides were contradictory.
“Following the initial enquiries made by the district, the matter was referred to Labour Relations for further investigation. The district has submitted all documents acquired to Labour Relations,” she said .
Adding that SU was also addressing the matter with the school.
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