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Plans to revoke Curro School’s licence suspended

MEC Panyaza Lesufi says if there is no transformation at the school by October, he will revoke its licence.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi outside the Curro Roodeplaat school on 18 June 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department has suspended its plans to withdraw the operating licence of a Curro Primary School in Pretoria.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi had raised the possibility of shutting down the Roodeplaat-based school after an investigation found that pupils were divided into classes according to race.

Later, a video emerged showing what many considered to be a similar segregation during a field trip.

The school has now committed to transformation in its classrooms through several interventions.

Lesufi has made it clear that he is not backing down.

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He's warned if there is no transformation at the school by October, he will take away its licence.

The Roodeplaat school's management has committed to appoint a diversity consultant, employ teachers of colour and to fire the headmaster.

Earlier this month a video surfaced showing teachers helping pupils climbing off two buses and seemingly being separated into groups by the colour of their skin.

Lesufi has previously said he would not tolerate racism at schools.

The MEC says he decided to shut down the school but a last minute emergency meeting with management persuaded him to give the school another chance.

While Lesufi has given the Curro school a second chance, the principal and regional manager have been fired.

After an emergency meeting with the school's leadership they have committed themselves to racial transformation in classrooms.

Lesufi says he is keeping a close eye on the school.

"The ball in dancing in their court, it is up to them if they dance along. If any of this commitment cannot be adhered to we'll be in a position to revoke the licence."

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