Stamp out racism at our schools

11 January, 2019, 07:31 | Author: Sheila Harris
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The Citizen reported yesterday that a photo of a class in which smiling white children can be seen at one table and, at the back of the class, there is another table with the class's black children, had gone viral on social media, causing outrage in the process.

"The department is aware of discrimination in the school and we want to thank the person who posted the picture on social media to alert the country and the world of what we are going through here daily", she said.

However, after the photo went viral and an investigation was launched, the schools seem to have rearranged the learners into a more integrated system.

'Rather what becomes painful is that there are black people who still insist that racism has ended and who think that blacks and white can have peaceful relations that do not have undertones of racism.

"This was meant to be an exciting day for me but it's not", said the parent. Children play separately according to race.

We've been told that this never happens at the school under normal circumstances.

The Afrikaaner children who are greater in number, are seated at a long table, in the center of the shot.

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The teacher also complained about the school's language policy.

Concerned resident Lebogang Motlhabane claimed that black children were often denied access to the school and were placed on waiting lists when they applied for enrolment.

They said wealthy black families felt they had no choice but to send their children to white-dominated private schools, where their children would be subjected to racism. Whilst my office is 20mins away I sped to collect my child at an instance and remove her from the school immediately.

One concerned mother told the publication that she and other parents dropped their children off before being asked to leave at around 9am.

"We are not sure whether is fake or real, if it's real we are condemning it, we say not during this era, we can not really accept it". In the last three or four years, there have been at least two other incidents involving schools that have been accused of segregating learners based on their racial identity.

He said that the school would help staff in "aspects where it appears that integration is not taking place as it should".


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