Outrage over photo of school children 'split up by race'

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The controversy prompted a protest outside the school on Thursday, and some white parents retrieved their children from class.

Netwerk24 noted that the woman was severely traumatised.

"There was no intent of racism or segregation from the teacher's side".

Another parent said she was "pi**** off" by the picture, saying white parents had been thanking the teacher for the image in the WhatsApp group but no-one had brought up the separation.

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.

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

'When I got to the class before school in the morning, all the children's names were already written on the desks they were supposed to sit at.

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At the same time, McGluwa says both black and white parents he spoke to insist that this was an isolated incident.

People pointed out the children were sitting separately according to their race.

"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. I was told from the beginning that the school offers Afrikaans as a medium of instruction and didn't have problems with that.

"It is our firm view that schools, through its education ethos, have the role to instil values of dignity, respect, equality and tolerance for our learners".

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) visited the school and met with Lehari and his team at the school on Thursday.

He says he met with North West Education MEC Sello Lehare, the principal and the chairperson of the school governing body.

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. Schools are platforms for teaching and learning - not only a formal curriculum - but also fundamental value systems. "We want to see employment equity and affirmative action implemented at the school, 99.9 percent of teachers at this school are whites", Dr Ruth Mompati District YCL committee member, Pule Ramabodu said.

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