No learners’ religious beliefs were infringed on by Roosevelt High School

Today, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng had a fruitful engagement with the School Governing Body (SGB) of Roosevelt High School, about a letter that was issued to parents last week regarding detention that will take place on a Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm.

The SGB explained that the letter which stated that any Muslim learner issued with detention must attend as this takes priority over Mosque was sent out in error.

This was corrected by the principal on Sunday when he was made aware of the contents of the letter and another letter was issued to parents and guardians. Muslim learners who need to attend detention may first go to Mosque and then return to the school to complete their detention.

The SGB further explained that a decision was taken to have detention on a Friday as they wanted to clamp down on uniform infringements.

Furthermore, Muslim learners who attend Mosque for Friday prayers are allowed to leave the school premises at 12:20 pm, to allow them sufficient time to get to Mosque.

The DA is pleased that an amicable solution has been found and that no Muslim learner will be denied their right to practice their religion.