PRETORI, South Africa
Following a picture that circulated of white and black children sitting at separate desks, the board member of the school in South Africa is facing a blacklash from parents and the education ministry.
But, the school board has defeated the sitting arrangements and said it’s not racist.
Oloff van Niekerk said: “There’s definitely no racism in this school,”
A teacher was suspended after complaints about the picture.
One black parent said she thought her child’s first day at school had got off to a good start until she saw the image.
She said: “This was meant to be an exciting day for me, but it’s not,”
Local authorities say they “highly condemn” the incident and have removed the teacher “pending investigation”.
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.”
The school was forced to close on Thursday after protesters gathered outside the compound.
A local news paper reported that white parents, some armed with guns, said the black parents should remove their children from the predominantly white school if they were not happy with it.