Video footage went viral yesterday, showing pupils from the school being racially separated during a field trip. This has once again left the school sitting on a knife-edge.
Following the video, Gauteng MEC education Panyaza Lesufi visited the school yesterday
afternoon indicating there was a chance that the school’s licence could be revoked.
Lesufi added that he would impose nonracialism at the school which had now proven to be a
serious offender in “upholding racism”. He added that decisive action would therefore be taken.
Lesufi’s visit to Curro came just less than a month after he found it guilty of racial segregation in a separate incident. In that incident, pupils were separated in the classroom based on their race.
The school had acknowledged and apologised for this mistake.
In explaining the latest incident, Curro Holdings spokesperson Gerhard Cloete said the reason for grouping pupils was because Curro schools offer all its pupils the choice of being taught in English or Afrikaans.
“In a classroom in which the language of instruction is Afrikaans, the overwhelming majority will be white students,” Cloete said. “In a classroom in which English is the language of instruction, the vast majority will be black pupils.”
But Lesufi deemed the “explanation” to be “disgusting” and an “insult to the the constitution”.
“The day that we separate pupils on the basis of their own language will be a sad day. If we allow that, we are risking our country. There is no way we should tolerate an explanation that undermines the ethos of our constitution.”
A team from the provincial department of education, under the instruction of Lesufi, compiled a report following these fresh allegations of racial segregation.
“On the basis of the report, I’ve prepared a letter for Curro management. Because of the seriousness of the contents of that letter, I have to consult the ministry of basic education and the investors of Curro so they understand why I’ve taken the decision I have,” said Lesufi.
Parents and teachers are also waiting to hear the content of what is said to be a damning
report. The school has about 950 children of whom about 80% are black. – firstname.lastname@example.org