Elite Bulawayo School Rocked By Racism Allegations
Current and former learners at Petra College Senior in Bulawayo have accused the school’s authorities racism.
The aggrieved learners anonymously posted their personal experiences on racism on Instagram where they alleged that pupils of colour were being mistreated.
Learners who spoke to CITE accused teachers at the school of inciting racism by using derogatory terms towards black learners and causing divisions among the learners. The learners said:
Our contribution to this transformation will emphasise but is not only limited to matters such as racial discrimination which results in the trauma of black students even post-high school.
Racist teachers who advise white students not to associate themselves with black students. The use of derogatory terms by racist teachers when referring to students of colour.
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In a statement, Petra College board of governors said the school was willing to engage with individuals who felt unfairly mistreated due to their race. The statement read:
We take any such allegations very seriously and want to ensure our community that we wish to formally engage with those individuals who feel they have a grievance, not just to resolve the historic and current issues at hand, but to ensure that together we build a better tomorrow for our children.
In 2017, learners at Girls College accused the school head Les Ross of racism and launched an online petition calling for her sacking.