South African school where black children were separated face probe

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"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.

The image was shared on the school's WhatsApp group by the children's class teacher to show parents how the first day back was going.

Protestors gathered outside the school on Thursday morning, and some white parents have removed their children from the school because they fear for their safety. "They are at school to learn the language, they must not be segregated", he said.

'You can take your kids to the whitest schools in the country but so long as the black majority is poor, your kids will always be reminded that they are black and therefore inferior'.

Recently protesters to one of Cape Town's most picturesque beaches after private security guards were accused of ordering black visitors to leave.

After the break the children were moved to a different seating plan and were no longer separated by race. I was told from the beginning that the school offers Afrikaans as a medium of instruction and didn't have problems with that. "We are not racists‚ we just want what is best for our children". He told me that teachers are treating them well, but the problem was among white children.

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The Daily Mail reported that parents of the children were displeased with the teacher's implementation of a segregation policy. "Acts or practice of racism have no place in our society and can not be tolerated 24 years into our democracy", read the union's statement.

Sello Lehari, education chief for the North West province, visited the school and confirmed the teacher had been suspended and the matter was being investigated.

"I will send a team to do an investigation into all schools.to deal with issues of racism in totality".

The school is in the north west of South Africa and the regional education board has today launched an investigation.

"The commission is deeply concerned that instances of discrimination and related intolerance continue to take place within the school system".

"I remember in 2008‚ we left township schools at that time and protested at this school because we wanted this [racial segregation] to end as this is also a government school‚" one resident said.

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