DA to engage with Roosevelt High about learners being deprived of religious rights

Today, Tuesday, 31 January 2023, the Democratic Alliance (DA) Spokesperson for Education, Sergio Isa Dos Santos MPL, will conduct an oversight inspection at Roosevelt High School.

The purpose of the oversight inspection is to ascertain why the school has issued a letter stating that any Muslim learner that has been issued with detention, must attend detention instead of attending Friday prayers (Jummah) at the Mosque on Fridays, as detention takes priority over Muslim’s Friday prayers.

We believe that every learner should respect and adhere to the school code of conduct, but we also believe that the code of conduct should not infringe on learners’ religious rights.

The DA will engage with the school management and the School Governing Body (SGB) to establish a suitable time for these particular learners to attend detention without them missing Friday prayers (Jummah) at Mosque.

Members of the media are invited and there will be an opportunity for photos and interviews.

Details of the oversight inspection are as follows:

Date: 31 January 2023

Venue: Roosevelt High School

Address: 1 Thibault Street, Franklin Roosevelt Park, Randburg

Time: 09:00-10:00