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Teacher who allegedly separated NW school learners suspended

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'
Deanna Wagner | 10 January, 2019, 18:13

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.

The parent, who preferred to remain anonymous, painted a grim picture of what transpired after she dropped of her 6-year-old at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke.

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

Spokesperson for the NFP Sabelo Sigudu said: 'These private schools tendencies of segregating learners based on the colour of skin is against the principles of the democratic South Africa we live in today'.

"I will send a team to do an investigation into all schools.to deal with issues of racism in totality", Lehari said.

The images caused a stir on social media with political parties weighing in on the matter.

After meeting school staff and education department officials, Mr Lehare confirmed that the form teacher in question had been suspended.

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"The North West provincial government condemns any form of racism in the strongest possible terms and deeply regrets this unfortunate incident 25 years into the democratic dispensation", Ngesi said.

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'Rather what becomes painful is that there are black people who still insist that racism has ended and who think that blacks and white can have peaceful relations that do not have undertones of racism.

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Some white parents have removed their children from the school because they fear for their safety.

The party said the deterioration in public schools was "directly leading the country to the apartheid era". "Around 9 o'clock the class teacher posted the picture saying they are settling well at school".