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.
Johannesburg - The North West education department has launched an investigation into alleged racism at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke, departmental spokesperson Freddy Sepeng said on Wednesday.
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.
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.
The picture was shared on the school's WhatsApp group by the children's class teacher.
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.
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.
As scores of demonstrators turned up outside Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in the North West on Thursday to protest against the alleged segregation of pupils based on race, the school issued a statement claiming there was no racism or discrimination.
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...
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 school has made headlines around the country after an image was widely circulating showing black and white pupils sitting at separate tables in a grade R classroom.
It has now emerged that only the teacher who took the photo, Elana Barkhuizen, was suspended but trade union Solidarity is challenging her suspension, saying that its wrong.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
JOHANNESBURG - The teacher in charge of a class where black and white children were apparently separated has been suspended with immediate effect.
This is in relation to an alleged incident of racial segregation in a grade R class.
Images on social media show black and white pupils seated at separate tables, allegedly at a primary school in Schweizer Reneke.