WATCH: Fresh racial segregation claims at Curro School

18 June 2015 - Young children from Curro Roodeplaat Private School are seen getting off separate buses during a field trip. They appear to have been separated according to race. The children's identities have been blurred to protect them.
Johannesburg, 18 June 2015 - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi speaks out on a video showing young school kids from Curro Roodeplaat Private School getting off separate busses and seemingly grouped according to race. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - A video has emerged of alleged racial segregation at Curro Roodeplaat Private School, just months after similar accusations caused outrage. 

In the video, young school children are seen going on a field trip, grouped according to their race.

First, a group of white children emerge from the bus, and then a group of black children come out.

The pupils are being led and instructed by their teachers. 

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, said the education department is aware of the video and that his team would visit the school on Thursday. 

"I am very irritated by what I saw in the video as we have had a previous similar issue with this school," he said.

Lesufi said he will take decisive action should he find that Curro Roodeplaat has failed to adhere to recommendations that were previously tabled to the school, after parents signed a petition against Curro Roodeplaat for racial segregation at the beginning of the year.

Curro schools spokesperson Mari Lategan released a statement which read, "On 3 June 2015 a group of Grade R learners from Roodeplaat Primary went on an outing to Setshaba Safaris. Learners were transported in two buses, a 65-seater and a 30-seater.

"Three English classes were transported in the 65-seater, with class sizes being 17, 17 and 18. Two Afrikaans classes were transported in the 30-seater, with class sizes being 13 and 11."

Lategan said, "A video taken of this outing showed the various groups of learners. With no explanation, (viewers) assumed that the groupings were organised according to race."

In the 42 Curro schools nationwide, a vast majority of black learners opt to be taught in English, while a vast majority of white learners opt to be taught in Afrikaans, Lategan explained.

She said the children in the video were separated "legitimately" according to language preference, not race.

 

 

 

 

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