Tuesday, 19 March, 2019

Outrage over apparent 'segregation' in South Africa school

Black pupils allegedly segregated from white ones at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke North West 9 January 2019 South Africa teacher suspended over class 'split by race'
Kenny Thornton | 10 January, 2019, 18:15

"This was meant to be an exciting day for me, but it's not", she said.

The principal at the school said she was that she was not aware of the situation.

The teacher in charge of a class where black and white children were apparently separated has been suspended with immediate effect.

Local authorities say they "highly condemn" the incident and have removed the teacher "pending investigation".

North West MEC for Education Sello Jonas Lehari was to lead a team of senior management to Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke to Thursday to investigate allegations of racism.

Racism is still deeply embedded in South Africa almost 25 years after white-minority rule ended.

A picture showing about four black pupils seated separately at a desk from a larger group of white pupils at another desk, went viral on social media.

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According to the mother, she dropped of her child at school and around 9am, the teacher posted a photo of the grade R classroom on WhatsApp to give the parents an update on their kids.

The mother, who is not being named to protect the identity of her child, told TimesLIVE that her child's first day in grade R had initially started off smoothly.

A mother of one of the black students said she was outraged at the segregation and also the fact that not one of the white parents had mentioned it.

A meeting between the education department, the school and the community was still ongoing at 12:00 on Thursday.

'You can take your kids to the whitest schools in the country but so long as the black majority is poor, your kids will always be reminded that they are black and therefore inferior'. However, based on our understanding and the video you will see below, things have intensified outside the school, where protesters, dressed in political regalia, have picketed, chanting angrily and climbing the school's fence.

There have been calls to shut down the private school while others said it was proof that racism was still rampant in everyday life across South Africa.

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