The picture was shared on the school's WhatsApp group by the children's class teacher.
The North West education MEC and other politicians will visit a school in the province on Thursday which sparked outrage after allegedly separating grade R learners by race on their first day.
People have taken issue with the fact that, in the picture, a group of 18 white children were seated on a long table with smiles on their faces, while four black kids appeared at the furthest background of the photo, clearly removed from the ongoi...
Both eNCA and Open News reported that a high-level delegation of officials visited the school and asked the teacher to temporarily step aside.
North West MEC for education and sport development Sello Jonas Lehari and senior managers in the department will on Friday conduct an intensive investigation into the separation of pupils at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke based on race.
What started out as an emotional day for the mothers of the four black children who have been the subject of alleged racial segregation, ended in horror when they were sent the first classroom photo of the year.
As he had promised, the North West’s MEC for Education and Sport Development, Sello Lehari, paid a visit to Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke after an image of the school’s Grade R class went viral.
The Young Communist League in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati said the MEC should not just suspend the teacher but, should also close the school temporarily for the affected learners to heal properly.
In 2016, people took to social media to speak up against the Koetjes en Kalfjes Heritage Hill Campus nursery school after an upset mother took to Facebook to share an image that clearly had racial connotations attached to it.
The BBC's Milton Nkosi in South Africa says Schweizer-Reneke is conservative rural town with a population of just under 50,000, surrounded by a farming community made up of mainly white Afrikaners.
"When I got to the class before school in the morning, all the children's names were already written on the desks they were supposed to sit at.
This followed the release of a photograph which showed a small group of black children seated apart from their white counterparts in a Grade R class at the school.
Schweizer- Reneke - 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, education member of the executive council in the province Sel...
However, before that, a group of protesters - mainly Economic Freedom Fighters members - converged on the school as North West Education MEC Sello Lehari conducted an inspection.
Cape Town - A classroom crammed with close to 80 pupils, another class in a makeshift tent and school closures due to protests.
Cape Town - A picture of a Grade R classroom at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in North West, which appears to depict four black learners being seated at a separate table from their white classmates has sparked outrage on social media.
Earlier on Monday morning provincial education department subdistrict manager Gopolang Valtyn said the presence of armed guards was against school policy.
The sleepy town of Schweizer-Reneke in the North West is on tenterhooks after a picture showing black and white pupils sitting separately according to race in a Grade R classroom at the local primary school went viral.
A teacher caught up in the race controversy at a primary school in the North West, and who was suspended by the provincial education department, is currently in Johannesburg consulting with her legal team.
South Africans were left reeling on Wednesday when a photo of a Grade R classroom at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke went viral for all the wrong reasons.
Protesters – many wearing EFF regalia – made their way onto the premises on Thursday morning while North West Education MEC Sello Lehari was visiting the school.