Black and white children sit separately on their very first day at school in South Africa

Classroom apartheid: black and white children sit on their very first day at school in South Africa, leaving black parents & # 39; pi **** off & # 39; stay

  • Black and white children at the South African primary school, who are seen separately
  • Pupils aged four and five were depicted on different tables in the classroom by the teacher
  • Photo of children in Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke shared with parents on WhatsApp
  • School has been criticized on social media after the image in South Africa has become viral

Chris Dyer for Mailonline

Black and white elementary school children in South Africa were seen in a classroom, sitting at separate tables, making the parents angry.

The photo, made by a teacher, shows a group of 18 white students with a small table of the handful of black pupils of the class sitting at the back of the classroom tucked away in the corner.

The statue, made at the Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke kindergarten in the northwest of the country, was shared by the school's kindergarten teacher in the WhatsApp group.

It was then shared with all parents of the children to show them how their first day at school was.

Black and white children were seen at separate tables at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke kindergarten in South Africa in a photograph taken by the class teacher

Black and white children were seen at separate tables at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke kindergarten in South Africa in a photograph taken by the class teacher

The image of the children, who are all between four and five years old, reflected the dark apartheid history of South Africa of racial segregation and oppression.

A mother of one of the black students, who was not mentioned, told TimesLive: "This was meant to be an exciting day for me, but it is not. I am disabled pi ****.

& # 39; I only saw messages from the white parents who & # 39; thanks, thanks) [thank you on WhatsApp] but nobody said anything about the separation of the students. & # 39;

The photo has gone viral on social media and has seen the school as critical because it would allow apparent segregation.

Activist and ANC campaign leader, Mcebo Dlamini, wrote today on Facebook: "What is most annoying about this image is not that black children are banned from white children, which is common in our so-called post apartheid Africa.

What is painful is that there are black people who still insist that racism has ended and think that black and white can have peaceful relationships that do not have an undertone of racism.

This is impossible as long as whites have power, and therefore it is necessary to change the existing power dynamics so that black people can have dignity.

& # 39; You can take your children to the whitest schools in the country, but as long as the black majority is poor, your children will always be reminded that they are black and therefore inferior. & # 39;

The school has not responded to requests from local media for comment.

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