In South Africa a teacher has been suspended “with immediate effect” after a photo shown to her pupils sitting in racially separate groups.
A black parent told the media that she thought her child’s first day at school had got off to a good start until she saw the image. She said, this was meant to be an exciting day for me, but it’s not”.
Local authorities say they “highly condemn” the event and have removed the teacher “pending investigation”. Sello Lehare, the education minister for the North West province, said the school’s explanation was that “the learners were separated according to those who could understand Afrikaans and English”. He added we are suspending her because we want the investigation to be fair and free”.
Racism is still intensely embedded in South Africa nearly 25 years after white-minority rule ended. Language policy has in the past been used to keep out black learners.
On Wednesday morning, parents had dropped their children off for their first day of school at Schweizer-Reneke primary school. Apparently to reassure parents that all was going well, the class teacher reportedly shared a photograph of the children to the school’s private WhatsApp group.
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