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Curro school apologises for racial separation

Panyaza Lesufi says the Roodeplaat school has undertaken to stop the separation of races immediately.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi visits the Curro private school in Roodeplaat. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, says the Curro Foundation School in Roodeplaat has apologised for using culture as justification for separating black and white pupils, and says classes will be integrated.

Lesufi today visited the school in Pretoria after parents submitted a petition complaining about racial segregation.

The school was plunged into controversy last week after it emerged pupils of different races were allegedly separated due to cultural reasons.

But the school has denied any racism and says the separation is due to its language preferences.

The concerned parents allege that black and white children were being taught in separate classes, but this has been denied by the school.

The MEC says Curro has now undertaken to stop the separation of pupils immediately and says he will monitor this very closely.

"What has happened at that school is now history because the integration of learners will happen immediately and there will be no learner separated on the basis of their skin colour. I will monitor the integration closely."

LESUFI TO LAUNCH INQUIRY

Lesufi said he had decided to launch an inquiry to assess the extent of the problem following many complaints of racism at private schools in Gauteng.

He says these schools need to be regulated to protect the human rights of all pupils, regardless of race.

"What happened is unfortunate but let's move forward. I will not ignore the cries of African parents who have been calling me to say they are in the same predicament in some of the top schools in South Africa."

The MEC says he will meet with various officials in two weeks.

"I want to convene a summit with all the sectors and I will present the transformation charter."

The school in question will meet with affected parents tomorrow night.