Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke: Concerned parents remove children amid tensions at school

North West province

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

The principal at the school said she was that she was not aware of the situation.

Soon after the incident went viral, the province's MEC for Education and Sport Development, Sello Lehari, condemned the connotations of racial segregation the controversial image suggested and vowed to pay the school a visit.

Earlier, parents removed their children from the school and tensions were high as EFF members gathered outside the school.

18 white children were seated on the longest table, seemingly at the centre of the classroom, while the four black kids were displaced at the furthest corner, away from the classroom's activities. According to eNCA, the parents of the white children were the ones who took their kids out of the school on Thursday morning. "According to our South African constitution in Chapter Two, Bill of Rights, under education, it says do not discriminate on the basis of race", Lehari said.

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

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Image copyright. Image caption After a backlash from parents the school reportedly shared this picture of the children sitting in integrated groups What has the response been?

"We are not going to be held back by anything in our fight against racism", Mosenogi said.

"All I saw was messages from the white parents saying "dankie, dankie" ['thank you, thank you' on the WhatsApp group] but no one was saying anything about the separation of the learners", said the fuming mother.

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

"These private school tendencies of segregating learners based on the colour of skin is against the principles of a democratic South Africa we live in today".

He added: "We are suspending her [the teacher] because we want the investigation to be fair and free". This increased deterioration in public schools is directly leading the country to the apartheid era.

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