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MEC suspends decision to close Curro School
The Gauteng Department of Education has suspended its plans to withdraw the licence of Curro Roodeplaat School, in Pretoria, pending the implementation of interventions by Curro Holdings.

Briefing media on Friday, Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said that while he took a decision last week to close the school, he has since withdrawn that decision.

The MEC informed the management of Curro Roodeplaat Primary of this decision, upon which the management of Curro Holdings requested an emergency meeting to discuss the matter.

He held a meeting with the CEO and a Board Member of Curro Holdings on Wednesday, wherein the management of Curro Holdings pleaded with the MEC not to withdraw the operating licence of Curro Roodeplaat.

“They assured me that racial segregation does not form part of their policies and that corrective measures will be taken against any school affiliated to the company that practices segregation,” said the MEC.

He said the Curro Holdings management undertook to make interventions with regard to Curro Roodeplaat, such as replacing the existing executive head of Curro Roodeplaat Primary whilst the management structure at the school will be expanded to include a new operational head.

“A diversity consultant will be appointed to assist the school with any matters relating to transformation and diversity at the school,” said the MEC.

He said Curro Holdings acknowledged his questions regarding employment equity, especially with regards to the small number of black educators among Curro staff.

“In this regard, Curro welcomed the MEC’s offer that the department would assist where necessary with the recruitment and selection suitably qualified educators to achieve employment equity targets.

“Curro Holding committed that, in future schools trips, learners will be transported together and will not be separated according to language or race,” the MEC said.

He said the department has already met with Public Investment Commission (PIC), Human Rights Commission (HRC) and other relevant stakeholders, and the lawyer’s letter sent by Curro Roodeplaat Primary to the parents that took the video will be withdrawn.

“On the basis of this commitment by Curro Holdings, the department has suspended its plans to withdraw the licence of the school pending the implementation of the above undertakings by Curro Holdings. The Company has been given until the end of October 2015 to implement these resolutions,” said the MEC. -

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