The North West primary school has responded to the racial controversy following the release of a photo showing a questionable seating arrangement, saying that the incident was not a reflection of the true character of the school and had been an isolated incident
The Schweizer-Reneke primary school has found themselves in the spotlight across South Africa, following the release of a photo showing students of different races sitting apart from each other.
The teacher of the class at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke has since been suspended with immediate effect.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that one mother's joy turned into anger after she saw her child and three other black children were seated separately from the white kids. The mother, who chose to remain anonymous to protect the identity of her child, was fuming after an image was shared on Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke's WhatsApp group.
In a statement released by the school, they maintain that the photo at the centre of so much controversy is simply the 'reflection of a single moment in the Grade R classroom'
The governing body insisted that it does not condone discrimination based on race and welcomes students from all backgrounds.
The statement further said that the school ensures that necessary resources are available and that staff has access to information and training.
The statement from the school did not, however, give a reason why the children had been seated in that way.
The North West MEC for Education, Sello Lehare had been at the school to meet with management to investigate the allegations of segregation.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier today that all might not have been as it seemed. Media consultant, Phil Mphela, posted the photos above on Twitter, saying:
" Looks like the viral pic yesterday of black kids being seated away from white kids DID NOT tell the whole story. The pic was taken at a specific moment and out of context because the kids rotated in groups throughout the period."
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