Au­thor­i­ties in ru­ral town sus­pend teacher over class ‘split by race’

The East African - - NEWS -

SOUTH AFRICA: Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Sch­weizer-reneke town in South Africa have sus­pended a teacher after a photo emerged of her pupils sit­ting in racially separate groups. But, ac­cord­ing to the BBC, Sello Le­hare, the Education Min­is­ter for the North West Prov­ince, said the school's ex­pla­na­tion was that “the learn­ers were sep­a­rated ac­cord­ing to those who could un­der­stand Afrikaans and English”.

Racism is still deeply em­bed­ded in South Africa nearly 25 years after white-mi­nor­ity rule ended. Lan­guage pol­icy has his­tor­i­cally been used to ex­clude black learn­ers.

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