- Panyaza Lesufi says he wants to make changes to education policy to make schools more inclusive
- These include renaming schools with colonial and apartheid-era names
- He said names like Jan Smuts would also be changed
Panyaza Lesufi, the Gauteng Education MEC, has applauded the renaming of Höerskool HF Verwoerd in Tshwane to Rietodale Secondary School.
He said that more school name changes were in the pipeline.
Lesufi said the renaming was aimed at reversing "damage done to the education system by the apartheid regime".
Lesufi announced the Höerskool HF Verwoerd on Twitter this week, along with official papers confirming that his department had approved the renaming.
Additionally, he promised that more colonial and apartheid-era names would be changed, including Jan Smuts. His statements echoed the rhetoric of decolonisation used by many in the #RhodesMustFall movements.
Furthermore, Lesufi's department has made other changes that are also aimed at promoting "social cohesion and non-racialism", according to The South African.
For example, policy changes have been made to feeder zones as well as how admissions are handled. Lesufi has also criticised the idea that "mother tongue language must own a school alone".
He cited examples such as when learners who do not speak Afrikaans are forced to attend an Afrikaans language school because it is the closest one they are able to access.
Lesufi stressed that his mission was to make schools more inclusive in this regard. However, some Afrikaans groups have taken issue with his stance, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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