Irate parents at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in the North West believe their children are not safe at the school…
“Our children are not safe, I was shocked to see young children in that position,” said one parent on Thursday morning.
This followed the release of a photograph which showed a small group of black children seated apart from their white counterparts in a Grade R class at the school.
On Thursday, protesters, many donning political party t-shirts, had gathered outside the school gates to protests against what they termed was racial segregation at the school.
“The incident happened at a class next to my child’s class. She was not affected but this segregation cannot continue. Our children cannot experience what our parents went through during apartheid,” said the mother.
She was at the school to collect her child following the tense situation at the school
While protesters sang and danced outside the school, some parents of white pupils allegedly drove over a part of the fence at the back of the school to gain entry to the premises so that they could take their children off the property.
A teacher reportedly sent the controversial picture to parents via Whatsapp intending to show parents how children were settling in on their first day at school on Wednesday.
North West Education MEC Sello Lehari is holding a closed meeting with the school and various stakeholders.
According to an announcement by the North West department of education, the teacher responsible for the segregated class has been suspended with immediate effect while an investigation takes place. The school’s principal would also be investigated.
DA Youth Leader @LuyoloMphithi will tomorrow travel to Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke to demand answers as to why young learners were racially segregated.
Join him from 10h00 at 7 Olivier Street, Schweizer-Reneke, North West.
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) January 9, 2019
What seems to have happened at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke is an absolute disgrace. If you cannot accept children as children, get out of the classroom
— Jonathan Jansen (@JJ_Stellies) January 10, 2019
Members of the community and different political parties are protesting at the Schweizer Reneke Laerskool in the North West following reports that black Grade R pupils had been separated from their white classmates. 📹: @TumiTshehle pic.twitter.com/4fES048CN8
— Sowetan LIVE (@SowetanLIVE) January 10, 2019
Author: ANA Newswire