Eyewitness News has received confirmation from the North West Education Department that the teacher at the centre of a school race row is still at work.
Last week, the South African Human Rights Commission stepped in to investigate allegations of racism at Laerskool Schweizer Reneke after an image showing black and white pupils seated separately in class went viral.
Solidarity is challenging the suspension of another teacher responsible for taking the photograph.
EWN Reporter, Thando Kubheka has more on the story.
Solidarity says her suspension was wrong and unlawful because she was basically suspended for taking those pictures and making them viral. The question now rises, was she then not supposed to take those pictures because the teacher responsible for segregated those children is still at school, she was not suspended.— Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter
These are two different teachers, there is a Grade R teacher who was responsible for the class and responsible for the segregation of the children according to race and then another teacher took the picture showing parents how the first day of school is going and that is how the picture went viral.— Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter
The department says it has yet to decide on the fate of the teacher responsible for separating the children by race.
She is still at work, she is still teaching. There was a meeting between her and the department to decide on her fate. We waiting until later today to find out what the decision is.— Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter
We were actually confused and surprised when we learnt it was two different teachers involved. It is worrying that they actually chose to suspend the teacher who took the picture instead of suspending the teacher who was at the center of these allegations.— Thando Kubheka, EWN reporter
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