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.
~ News 24
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.
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...
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.
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.
Both eNCA and Open News reported that a high-level delegation of officials visited the school and asked the teacher to temporarily step aside.
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.
Earlier on Monday morning provincial education department subdistrict manager Gopolang Valtyn said the presence of armed guards was against school policy.
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.
Things have turned for the worst at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke since we last reported that the North West Basic Education department would be visiting the school on Thursday.
The father, who spoke to Open News anonymously, told the channel on Wednesday, after he had seen the photograph on social media, that he called the school to question the seating arrangement.
The school governing body (SGB) of Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke has put security measures in place to ensure the safety of its learners and teachers on Monday morning, Netwerk24 reported.
This is in relation to an alleged incident of racial segregation in a grade R class.
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.
North West Education MEC Sello Lehari on Thursday visited the school, following the uproar caused by an image of Grade R pupils who were separated by race on their first day of school on Wednesday.
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.
Learners from different backgrounds, including race, religion and language, are not merely accommodated but are fully integrated in all aspects of the school environment."
The provincial education department said it would start an investigation tomorrow at King Edward High in Matatiele.
JOHANNESBURG - In the wake of allegations of racism at a North West primary school, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it’s deeply concerned that instances of discrimination and intolerance continue to take place in the country...
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.