Outrage over apparent 'segregation' in South Africa school

Outrage over apparent 'segregation' in South Africa school

This comes after an image that has gone viral on social media showing a racially divided Grade R class at the North West primary school sparked outrage across the country.

Curro Foundation School in Roodeplaat was found guilty of racism after a probe by the Gauteng education department.

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

'The barbaric conduct displayed by private schools of racial segregating children is equally the same as giving innocent children experience of an apartheid system'.

It rapidly spread on social media as it showed about 17 white children sitting around a large table, with four black children around a small corner table in the background.

Earlier, parents had to fetch their little ones after protests became heated outside the school.

The picture was shared on the school's WhatsApp group by the children's class teacher.

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A black parent told the TimesLive news site that she thought her child's first day at school in had got off to a good start until she saw the image.

Asked how the situation made her feel, the frustrated mother said she hoped her five-year-old child was still too young to have noticed what was happening.

On Thursday, the department announced that the teacher had been suspended, pending the outcomes of the investigations. Whilst my office is 20mins away I sped to collect my child at an instance and remove her from the school immediately.

The school, in response to this, stated that the image was taken out of context. "Not a division based on race - but a division legitimately based on the language preference of the class." the school wrote in a statement.

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

These three examples show a trend more than coincidence.

They also explained that the photo reflected an isolated moment and the children do in fact interact and are integrated. Any further updates will be published as they trickle in.

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