Top Cape school stands firm in the wake of public race row

She alleged that not only did the school single her out for a “mentorship programme”, which left her more traumatised than supported, but Downward and school principal Di Berry gave her an ultimatum to resign or face disciplinary action that would “ruin her reputation”.

The school told her that parents had questioned her competency and what she was teaching their children.

This week a group of concerned parents, which calls itself Parents for Change, expressed concerns at the ongoing racism at the school and called on Downward to step down.

In response, the SGB issued an invitation to parents this week for those interested to join its subcommittee that dealt with transformation and diversity. The school said it had also set up a number of diversity and transformation focus groups to look into “issues such as admission and institutional culture”.

This would also include sport, uniform, symbols, traditions and bursaries.

“We are encouraged by the number of parents that have shown a willingness to participate in these forums up to date,” said the SGB.

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