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Races grouped together as Curro Roodeplaat begins 2016

Children of all races are grouped together as the year begins at the Curro Roodeplaat Independent School.

First day of school in 2016 at Curro, Roodeplaat. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN

PRETORIA - As tens of thousands of children make their way to a classroom this morning for the start for the 2016 academic year, some parents at the Curro Roodeplaat Independent School say the scandal over racism at the school has subsided.

The private school made the headlines last year when it emerged that children were being separated into different classrooms or field trip groups based on the colour of their skin.

The school claimed the separation was not based on race, but on language preferences.

Today, children of all races are grouped together as the academic year begins.

#Back2School The school faced racism allegations last year, some Curro parents say the situation has improved. MK pic.twitter.com/hb0wxkQTrF

#Back2School Today a different picture from last years footage, children not separated by language/race. MK pic.twitter.com/IxYfGwLSOH

The school started the academic year with a message of unity and respect.

Pupils, parents and educators started off the day by singing the national anthem and principal Ferdi Niemand spoke about the importance of tolerance.

One parent says the situation has improved.

Another says she's enrolled her second child at the school for the year.

One mother however says she still believes there is racism at the school, but couldn't find space for her children elsewhere.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has also said that things at Curro Roodeplaat Independent School have changed and he is satisfied with the progress made after he threatened to shut the school down.