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education blackboard thumb medium80 92Independent News reports that Elana Barkhuizen, the suspended teacher at the centre of the racism row that hit North West’s Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke last week, is determined to clear her name with the help of trade union Solidarity.  

Barkhuizen said this during a joint media briefing in Centurion on Tuesday, adding that she didn’t understand why people were trying to ruin her life, but vowed to take them on.  Without going into the merits of the matter, Barkhuizen said:  “I am a good teacher.  I will not be told what my worth is by people who do not know me.  I will embark on this journey, I will take on these people with power and I shall win.”  The school made headlines last week after an image showing black and white pupils sitting at separate tables in a Grade R classroom circulated on various social media platforms, in what was seen as racial segregation.  Barkhuizen was suspended by the provincial department, but the union has since challenged her suspension.  Barkhuizen and Solidarity claim the suspension is unlawful as all the teacher did was to take the photograph.  “There is no way you can suspend a teacher because she took a picture.  A huge injustice has been done to Barkhuizen and her family and she deserves an apology,” said Solidarity’s CE Dr Dirk Hermann.

  • Read Virgilatte Gwangwa’s full report on this story at The Mercury
  • See too, Solidarity heads to court to fight Schweizer-Reneke teacher's suspension, at Cape Talk

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