Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi has apologised to parents whose children were affected by racial segregation at an independent school in Pretoria.
Lesufi visited the Curro Roodeplaat School north of the city this morning following reports that the school had been placing learners in classrooms in a racially segregated manner.
After visiting several classrooms in the foundation phase, Lesufi told reporters that the school had acknowledged it had made a mistake and this would be rectified immediately.
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“I hate racism with a passion. Glad that the school and I have accepted we need to apologise for what has happened. I will not allow a Grade R learner to be reminded about apartheid,” he said.
Parents and management will now be in consultation to address the integration of children in the classroom and will also engage in the allocation of pupils per class.
Lesufi also announced a probe which will be sent up to investigate similar claims at other schools in the province.
“Since this came to light, I’ve been inundated with calls from parents saying they are going through the same thing at top schools in the province. I have therefore decided to appoint a commission of inquiry.”