Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke teacher suspended over race controversy

Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke school children. (Twitter)
Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke school children. (Twitter)

A teacher at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke, the school caught up in a race controversy, was suspended after government officials visited the school on Thursday.

Both eNCA and Open News reported that a high-level delegation of officials visited the school and asked the teacher to temporarily step aside.

READ: Protesters demonstrate at Schweizer-Reneke school, parents fetch children

A meeting between the education department, the school and the community was still ongoing at 12:00 on Thursday.

Speaking to News24, education department spokesperson Freddy Sepeng said officials were still locked in a meeting at 12:00.

"We are still very busy," he said.

MEC for education Sello Lehari also told eNCA that language differences contributed to the split seen in the picture, according to the school.

Earlier, parents were also contacted to remove their children from the school after protests erupted outside the premises on Thursday morning.

The North West Education MEC and other officials visited the school following public outrage over a photograph that surfaced online on the first day of school.

A picture showing about four black pupils seated separately at a desk from a larger group of white pupils at another desk, went viral on social media.

The mother of a Grade R pupil was fuming, TimesLive reported.

The class teacher shared the photograph on the school's WhatsApp group.

The mother reportedly received it from the class teacher at around 09:00 as an update of the children's day.

While other parents were thankful for the picture, the mother was irate when she discovered that her child and three other black pupils had seemingly been isolated.

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