NW teacher suspended over alleged racial separation in class

South Africa teacher suspended over class 'split by race'

South Africa teacher suspended over class 'split by race'

The photo is believed to be from Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in the North West.

"The kids were quite unsettled, you must realise they were five years old on their first day at school, and she grouped them in a way she thought would settle them quickly and comfort them", he said.

Activists from the ruling African National Congress and left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters were among the chanting crowd.

Meanwhile, the picture has since gone viral on social media.

Black residents said they have been complaining about racism at the school for over a decade.

However at least one of the children's mothers, who does not wish to be identified, was furious with the connotations.

As a outcome, the province's education minister Sello Lehari was forced to issue the following disclaimer after paying the school a visit.

"We hear complaints that black children are often threatened by white pupils not to touch them or else they tell their fathers who have guns to deal with them".

According to TimesLIVE, the photo, which shows eighteen white children seated together on a long desk with their four black classmates seated separately on another desk in the corner of the classroom was shared by the teacher on the school's WhatsApp page.

The TimesLIVE publication contacted the school's principal.

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In the other pictures, children of different races can be seen interacting.

"What seems to have happened at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke is an absolute disgrace", wrote one of South Africa's prominent black academics, Professor Jonathan Jansen, on Twitter.

The local education department launched a probe and said an inspector would visit the school on Thursday morning.

The school responded to the allegations, stating that it was all a misunderstanding and that the children were separated based on whether they were Afrikaans or English-speaking.

"If you can not accept children as children, get out of the classroom".

A group of parents of white pupils drove over the school fence with their vehicles and took away their children‚ saying they were rescuing them from angry protesters.

These three examples show a trend more than coincidence.

"We saw the photo and we were also angered by what we saw", he said.

"It is for this reason, I will travel to Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke tomorrow [ Thursday] to demand answers as to how young learners were allegedly exposed to this situation". Any further updates will be published as they trickle in.

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