Protest over alleged racism at PE school

The Eastern Cape Department of Education has intervened in an alleged race row between an angry parent and a Walmer primary school.

About 40 disgruntled parents picketed outside Settlers Park Primary School yesterday, calling for the immediate removal of principal Andre Schlemmer and four teachers.

The parents have accused them of racism and emotional, verbal and physical abuse.

They protested for almost an hour yesterday, holding signs that included one saying “Schlemmer must fall”.

Provincial education spokesman Malibongwe Mtima said: “We need to listen carefully to all parties and implement a process based on that.”

He said Schlemmer had been asked to compile a report.

A meeting has also been scheduled for September 14 which will include the parents, school management, district office officials and community organisations.

“In the meantime we have called for calm,” Mtima said.

The protest follows recent race-related incidents over school hair rules in three major cities across the country.

In Port Elizabeth, Lawson Brown High School pupils clashed with management over hair rules.

In July, parent Luvuyo Popo, 48, pushed and threatened Schlemmer in his office after he suspended an entire class for a week.

Popo was angry that Schlemmer had suspended his daughter’s class and allegedly shouted at her.

Yesterday Popo said: “Our grievances are simple. These teachers are not teaching our children.

“They have their own agenda and our children are being intimidated. We want these teachers and the principal removed from the school.”

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