NW teacher suspended over alleged racial separation in class

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

Laerskool Schweizer-Renecker, the North West school that has found itself the source of outrage over a picture that showed a classroom where black children were sitting at the back, separate to their white counterparts, has released a statement saying the photo is "a reflection of a single moment in a classroom", and not an indication of school policy.

Parents have started removing their children from a Schweizer-Reneke primary school in the North West amid protests outside the school reports EWN.

"The school's ethos is built on inclusivity as a reflection of the broader South African society", says the school governing body's chairperson, Jozeph du Plessis.

Some white parents on Thursday took their children from the school after protesters gathered outside.

It shows a group of white children sitting at one table, while a group of black pupils were seated at another table near the classroom door.

School leaders have now launched a racism probe after the picture, taken by a class teacher, emerged.

In the other pictures, children of different races can be seen interacting with different pupils in different seats.

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The parent said: "This was meant to be an exciting day for me but it's not".

Activist and ANC campaign manager, Mcebo Dlamini, wrote on Facebook: 'What is most provoking about this image is not that black kids are ostracised from white kids, that is common in our supposedly post-apartheid Africa.

"Rather what becomes painful is that there are black people who still insist that racism has ended and who think that blacks and whites can have peaceful relations that do not have undertones of racism". My suggestion? This school must be shut down, the parents of those learners in the corner must get a formal apology and the teacher must be fired!

NFP blamed the government which it said neglected public and rural schools.

This was not the first time children have been subjected to racism in the country's schools.

The school hasn't responded to requests for comment.

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