SOUTH AFRICA –
SOUTH African education and human rights authorities HAVE launched investigations into racism at private schools after parents at one school complained that black and white pupils were segregated.
Under South Africa’s former apartheid system, which ended with the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, racial segregation was the norm in all walks of life.
The probe was ordered after 30 parents of children at Curro Foundation School – a pre-primary school in Pretoria wrote a petition last month condemning the splitting of classes based on race.
Provincial education minister for Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi, said he had been inundated by complaints of racism at schools since the Curro case was exposed last week, and threatened to deregister any offending institutions.
“I will not allow any child to be reminded about where we came from,” Lesufi said.
Private schools are increasingly popular in South Africa among the middle classes who can afford what they consider to be superior education to that offered by government schools.