The Constitution guarantees that your culture will be respected and your religion will be respected and that you can speak your language, so its a constitutional imperative when you say children cannot speak their mother tongue — Thoko Mkwanazi-Xaluva, Chair of the CommissionMkwanazi-Xaluva says schools need to accommodate some cultural practices like shaving of hair when a family member has passed, as a sign of mourning. And it is not just happening in the cities. She says they've been flooded by complaints from school in rural villages too, where some learners are forced to shave off their hair while their religious beliefs do not allow that.
"Even if you have a policy you must ensure there are exemptions to it."The commission say they are willing to assist schools to develop policies that are appropriate in both urban areas in villages too.
"Some schools might not know where the pitfalls are. We are willing to help them and show them the issues to be taken into consideration when drafting policies."SOURCE: 702