Racism rife in the sleepy town of Schweizer-Reneke - residents

Racism rife in the sleepy town of Schweizer-Reneke - residents

The picture was shared on the school's WhatsApp group by the children's class teacher. The Daily Mail reported that parents of the children were displeased with the teacher's implementation of a segregation policy.

Or, as many people have suggested, how this was all due to the fact that the parents of the four black children may have registered their children late and how this is, indirectly, their fault.

The situation was tense at the school on Thursday morning, after a photo circulated on social media showing black children seated separately from their white classmates at a Grade R class at the school. Some black parents whose children have been refused admission to Laerskool Marble Hall say only black children have been placed on the waiting list.

TimesLIVE has learnt that an investigation into the school's principal was also being carried out.

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Provincial education minister Sello Lehari said the teacher's explanation was that "the learners were separated according to those who could understand Afrikaans and English".

"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".

You can take your kids to the whitest schools in the country but so long as the black majority is poor, your kids will always be reminded that they are black and therefore inferior.

She claimed the white children did not have the same experience.

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

The announcement was made by the North West department of education during a meeting at the school following demonstrations by community and political groups at the school.

Jozeph du Plessis, chairman of the school's governors, told the eNCA television channel that they ddin't see any intent of racism.

"If you are not happy here, take your child to another school, nobody is forcing you".

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The Citizen spoke to a woman at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke on Wednesday, who confirmed she knew about the photo and asked that we email the school questions. "Not a division based on race - but a division legitimately based on the language preference of the class." the school wrote in a statement. Any further updates will be published as they trickle in.

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