- Editor's note: eNCA.com has blurred the faces in the image above, to protect the identity of the school children, in accordance with the law.
PRETORIA - Education authorities are to probe Pretoria High School for Girls, after racism allegations surfaced against the institution.
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is visiting the school today (Monday).
Pupils claim they have been subjected to intense racism over a long period of time.
They say their blackness has been discouraged.
The pupils allege that rules are in place to discourage hairstyles such as afros, bantu knots, dreadlocks and braids.
One girl was allegedly barred from writing her exam because her hair was somewhat “spiky” and “unkempt”.
Apart from their hair, the pupils claim they are banned from speaking their mother tongue.
School rules forbid us from speaking our home languages during school hours. 'No foreign languages' it read. #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh— Yelwa (@_Yelwa) August 28, 2016
They claim one teacher allegedly called the pupils 'monkeys' while they were singing and chanting in class.
One of the first places racism has to removed is in schools. Children shouldn't have to be fighting this. #stopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) August 28, 2016
The school's governing body was in a meeting with the MEC at the time of publishing. As such we will only have a comment from the governing body in due course.