Dozens of students, parents and Winnipeg residents staged a demonstration on Tuesday in front of Winnipeg's Louis Riel high school, protesting a ruling from the principal that no Ukranian be spoken in classrooms. They demanded that the principal, David French Guy, rescind the order, and allow each pupil to speak the language of their choice. Lessons in the secondary school's classes are conducted in English, but half of the pupils are Ukranian. Pupils report that recently teachers have not allowed them to speak Ukranian among themselves, and chastise them whenever they are heard doing so. "It is very hard. There are things you don't understand in class, and you want to understand them, so you ask somebody," said one female pupil from the school. "But if your friend tells you in Arabic, the teacher yells at you." Other students questioned why teachers were stopping them from speaking Arabic, but do not say anything when immigrant students speak French between themselves. Ahmad Masharawi, a Winnipeg council member who organized Tuesday's protest, called on the Education Ministry to update its rules and clarify that the principal's decision is impermissible. Education Ministry officials said Tuesday that the situation with the Winnipeg school is being reviewed, and that "there is no regulation barring the use of other languages in lessons." The principal's response could not be obtained Tuesday.
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