Curro school ‘struggling’ to recruit black teachers

The school, accused of racially segregating children, says it’s working to recruit teachers of colour.

Curro Private School in Roodeplaat. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Curro Foundation School in Roodeplaat says it has started working with five of the country's universities to recruit non-white teachers and says it's struggled to get people to apply for these positions.

On Monday, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi raised concerns that the school has failed to appoint a black, coloured or Indian teacher and questioned the impression it creates on pupils.

Last week, Eyewitness News revealed that a group of parents were concerned the school was splitting classes along racial lines. But Curro has denied that it racially segregated its classes and kept black and white children apart.

The school's chief operating officer, Andries Greyling, says top university students will soon start teaching at their facility.

"We are struggling to get teachers of colour to apply at Curro. So what we've done is; we've approached five universities where we've asked for their top students of colour, we had the first round last year."

Lesufi said school had apologised for using culture as a justification for separating black and white pupils. He added that classes would be integrated.

The MEC said he would monitor this very closely.

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