Tameez will speak for the boys

The chairperson of the Jeppe Representative Council of Learners for 2019 is Tameez Jhetam.

He was elected by the representatives of the 35 classes in the school after they were, earlier, elected by their classes to represent them on the council.

“The role of the RCL is to act as a liaison between the boys at the school and the management so that the concerns and opinions of the learners are canvassed and passed on to the headmaster and the governing body,” he said. “At the same time, the learners are shown the bigger picture, through their representatives, so they can better understand some of the decisions that are made.”

The RCL has a four-man executive, consisting of a chairperson, vice-chairperson, treasurer and secretary. The treasurer and secretary still have to be elected. The vice-chairperson is Matthew Du Preez.

It’s early days, Tameez says, and his council will respond to issues when they come up. At this stage, he can think of a few matters that he would like addressed, but he needs to take them through the proper channels before he discusses them in public.

“The important thing is to have a communication channel that is open, and to build good relationships,” he said. “Our job is to bring what the boys want to the attention of the staff. I think that’s an important role and I’m looking forward to it.”