Gauteng Department of Education Shuts Down Crowthorne Christian Academy. Things have changed for the worst with regards to the school. After a video of a learner being forcibly removed from class because of hairstyle trended, Crowthorne Christian Academy now finds itself in deeper trouble.
At the beginning of the week, there was a disagreement between the Crowthorne Christian Academy principal and a learner’s mother. This was regarding the school policy in relation to the learner’s dreadlocks hairstyle. The argument resulted in the school principal’s husband Andries Hendrick Booysen, allegedly violently pushing the learner and her mother.
The family immediately took to Twitter, stating that they were both emotionally and physically assaulted. Tweeps did not waste time, with many feeling that there was racial discrimination. The EFF visited the school, which subsequently closed due to pressure. It was also found out that the school was not fully registered with the department.
Julius Malema, the leader of the EFF, on Friday sent a stern warning to Booysen ordering him to apologize to the pupil and allow her back in school by Monday. Malema also added that Booysen must offer to pay for the pupil’s professional counseling.
Stepping in the Gauteng Department of Education tried to engage with the school by taking it through compliance processes with regulations for the purpose of registration. Sadly, when they visited the school on Thursday the gates were closed. The department kept on trying to reach the management, but failed. Now a decision to give Crowthorne Christian Academy a notice of closure has been reached.
The department states that they will in turn place all affected learners to alternative schools as Crowthorne Christian Academy is not a school that can effectively educate children.