NW teacher suspended over alleged racial separation in class

Leroy Wright
January 11, 2019

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

He said he did so because the explanation given for separating the pupils did not sit well with him.

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

In an effort to reassure parents that the children had settled in nicely, the teacher reportedly shared a photo of the class in the school's private WhatsApp group.

"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.

In the photo, 18 pupils can be seen seated around a large table in the classroom while four black children sit separately at a smaller desk in a corner of the classroom.

However, one mother's joy turned into anger after she saw her child and three other black children were seated separately from the white kids. "Learners from different backgrounds, including race, religion and language, are not merely accommodated but are fully integrated in all aspects of the school environment".

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.

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The TimesLIVE publication contacted the school's principal.

'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'.

This time of year is supposed to be joyous as a lot of kids start their school careers while others return to a higher grade.

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

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

BBC also reported that demonstrators claimed black beachgoers were unfairly targeted, but the firm denies closing the beach and says it only acts to protect residents from crime.

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