Racial segregation in school comes back to haunt South Africa

By Helene Fung

Dozens of people converged on Schweizer-Reneke school, in the country’s North West Province, to protest what they saw as racial segregation in a photo taken in one of the school’s classrooms.

The photo shows white children at a long table in the centre of the room, with a few black students sitting at a separate table.

It also sparked outrage online, as South Africa is still grappling with racism 25 years after the Apartheid ended.

One of South Africa’s prominent black academics, Professor Jonathan Jansen Twitted: “What seems to have happened at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke is an absolute disgrace.”

The class teacher, who reportedly shared it on a WhatsApp group on the first day of school, has since been suspended pending an investigation.

The education minister for the North West province, Sello Lehare, told the BBC that said the school explained that “the learners were separated according to those who could understand Afrikaans and English”.


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