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PTA school defends ‘multi-cultural’ segregation

The Curro Foundation School has denied it's separating children into classes based on race.

FILE: The Curro Foundation School has denied its separating children into classes based on race. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A private Pretoria school has denied it's separating young children into classes based on race and hopes to convince parents of this at a special meeting due to take place tonight.

Eyewitness News has learned that a group of almost 30 parents at the Curro Foundation School in Roodeplaat has complained about this by signing a petition.

The school, however, maintains its formula for splitting up pupils who are in the minority is aimed at allowing them to make friends and not feel isolated.

The petition signed by parents questions whether the school is living up to its values by allowing some classes to be made up exclusively of black pupils.

It raises concerns about the quality of education being offered and the ability of children to integrate and in so doing, to transform the country.

But Curro Holdings's André Pollard says white pupils are only kept together until there are enough children to split up equally.

"The Constitution protects learners, also for their culture. That's why we made the decision, when we have six learners, to rather put them in one class. When we have more than six and go to 12 learners, they split into two classes."

He says this issue affects mostly grade R to grade three and the formula is there to keep the school multi-cultural.