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South Africa teacher suspended over class 'split by race'

South Africa teacher suspended over class 'split by race'

An image circulating on social media which shows black and white children seated at separate tables, apparently at Laerskool Schweizer Reneke.

Things have turned for the worst at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke since we last reported that the North West Basic Education department would be visiting the school on Thursday.

18 white children were seated on the longest table, seemingly at the centre of the classroom, while the four black kids were displaced at the furthest corner, away from the classroom's activities.

Education MEC, Sello Lehari, this will allow investigations to continue.

He said the school's explanation was that black children were separated because they were new at the school and could not speak Afrikaans or English. "According to our South African Constitution on Chapter Two, Bill of Rights under education says, do not discriminate on the basis of race", Lehari stated.

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

A South African primary school teacher was suspended on Thursday after a photograph appeared to show black children sitting separately from white children in a classroom, sparking a storm of racism accusations.




"They created a group parents and teachers group chat on WhatsApp a year ago".

"On behalf of the department, I wish to condemn in its strongest terms any allegation of racism in our schools which contradict the constitution of our country.

All I saw was messages from the white parents saying "dankie, dankie" ('thank you, thank you') on the WhatsApp group but no one was saying anything about the separation of the learners".

Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters in the province has been protesting at the school.

The school apologised and de-segregated classes.

"We want to hold the government responsible for neglecting public and rural schools, as the result blacks including coloured and Indian people have no option but to take their children to such racist private schools for better education".


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