NW teacher suspended over alleged racial separation in class

  • NW teacher suspended over alleged racial separation in class

NW teacher suspended over alleged racial separation in class

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

North West Education MEC Sello Lehare says the school's explanation is that the children were separated on the basis of language.

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.

"We want the principal of the school to account".

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

What happened at the school?

This time of year is supposed to be joyous as a lot of kids start their school careers while others return to a higher grade.

A picture, which has since gone viral, shows a group of white pupils at the school sitting together while their four black classmates sit at a small table near the door.

Apparently to reassure parents that all was going well, the class teacher reportedly shared a photograph of the children to the school's private WhatsApp group.

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

When parents then complained to the school, according to TimesLive, they were sent a different picture after the children's break showing that they had been "moved to different seating spaces to ensure they were not separated according to race".

"We saw the photo and we were also angered by what we saw", Jozeph du Plessis, chairman of the school's governing body, told the eNCA television channel.

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

"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.

The removal appears to be as a result of fears surrounding safety, amid protests gathering momentum outside the school which appear to be led by EFF members.