Teacher Calls Us Monkey’s!

Teacher Calls Us Monkey’s!

PUPILS usually listen when the principal speaks. But at Parkhill Secondary School in Greenwood Park in Durban yesterday, the principal’s pleas for calm and order fell on deaf ears. Chaos broke out and the situation got out of hand when pupils ignored the principal and walked out.   They went on the rampage and protested inside and outside the school, accusing a teacher of making racist remarks about them. The angry pupils apparently overturned bins at the school premises and outside the gate.   When the SunTeam arrived, most pupils were on their way to the bus stop to return home.   Parents also arrived to fetch their kids, because they were worried they might get injured.   The principal asked them to come back, but they ignored him and left.   He said: “The matter is being dealt with. “Some pupils are still at school.”   One of the pupils said the teacher they were protesting about taught life orientation to all grades.   “She calls us monkeys that belong in the zoo.   “She started doing that when I arrived at school in grade 8.   “Now I am in grade 11 and she hasn’t stopped,” she said. Another pupil said they wanted the KZN Education Department to intervene.   The pupils said the teacher made the bad remarks for no reason.   “She does this only to the black pupils and not the coloured ones.   “Our parents pay for our fees as well.   “We do not know why we should be treated differently,” said the pupil. KZN Education spokesman Kwazi Mthethwa said they condemned racism in any form and would make sure those who continued to promote it were punished. “Racism does not have a space in our society,” said Mthethwa.   Source: Daily Sun
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