NW teacher suspended over alleged racial separation in class

Black pupils allegedly segregated from white ones at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke North West 9 January 2019

NW teacher suspended over alleged racial separation in class

A teacher who allegedly separated black and white children in the Grade R class at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in North West has been suspended with immediate effect.

The pupils were attending their first day at the Schweizer-Reneke school in North West province, and the teacher had taken a photograph to send to anxious parents.

A shocking photograph of black and white primary school children sitting separately in a classroom has provoked widespread anger.

Provincial task team co-ordinator Keneetswe Mosenogi said the ANC was appalled by the seemingly racist seating arrangement at the school in a picture that is circulating in social media.

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 in Chapter Two, Bill of Rights, under education, it says do not discriminate on the basis of race", Lehari said.

A mother of one of the black learners was quoted as saying: "This was meant to be an exciting day for me but it's not".

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.

Reports have now surfaced that parents have removed their children at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke.

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.

"We are still very busy", he said.

Meanwhile, the picture has since gone viral on social media.

Political leaders in the National Freedom Party (NFP) called for the school to be shut down and said it was proof that public education was failing across the country.

'The barbaric conduct displayed by private schools of racial segregating children is equally the same as giving innocent children experience of an apartheid system'.

He added: "We are suspending her [the teacher] because we want the investigation to be fair and free".

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