No place for racist teachers in the classroom, says Naptosa

No place for racist teachers in the classroom, says Naptosa

- The National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa) shared their thoughts on the actions of Danielle de Bruyn

- According to the province's Naptosa CEO, there was no place for racist teachers in schools

- Meanwhile, de Bruyn broke her silence, claiming she made a mistake because she is still young

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Naptosa's KwaZulu-Natal chief executive officer, Thirona Moodley, condemned de Bruyn's actions in a statement on Wednesday, adding the class room was no place for a racist teacher, IOL reported.

According to Moodley, having someone with racist views as a teacher was dangerous since they have the power to influence pupils and undo the progress made in the democratic South Africa.

Du Bruyn allegedly used the popular novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, to express her own political views, during which she used the k-word.

Moodley said it was tragic that a teacher used the curriculum to get her racist views across. And, although du Bruyn resigned from Westville Girls’ High School, Naptosa might still launch an investigation.

Meanwhile, the former Westville Girls' High School teacher finally spoke up since the incident took place and she blamed her actions on her young age and inexperience.

According to de Bruyn, she never directed the racial slur at any student, she only used it in reference to the popular novel.

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De Bruyn said she aimed to draw comparison between the white Americans during those times and how they treated black people, whom they called the N-word. She then used SA as an example to explain the book.

However, she admitted she made the mistake of giving her opinion when a pupil asked her what she thought about land reform in the country.

The 26-year-old worked as a teacher at the school for three years since her resignation, and prior to that she was a pupil there as well.

In fact, her dad, Eugene, was the principal of Westville Girls' High School up until his suicide, The Sowetan reported.

She added she was not a racist and that she grew up "in a multi-racial environment" with friends of different races.

As reported previously, de Bruyn resigned as a teacher from the top SA school after she was accused of using the k-word in class.

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