Teacher from Curro Academy who allegedly called black learners ‘monkeys’ has been suspended

A private education company has suspended a teacher at its Curro Academy Protea Glen in Soweto following allegations of racism.

According to media reports, the teacher allegedly referred to three disruptive learners as monkeys.

The incident is believed to have taken place in the first term of last year, but no formal complaint was made at the time.

Upon becoming aware of the allegations last Friday, Curro Holdings initiated an investigation and suspended the teacher with immediate effect.

The company stated that a disciplinary inquiry would be conducted in accordance with its policies and procedures.

Curro also expressed its commitment to providing counseling or other support to the affected learners after engaging with their parents.

This is not the first time that Curro Holdings has faced allegations of racism.

Last year, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) condemned an incident in which the institution’s executive head allegedly referred to a black woman teacher as a monkey.

Such incidents highlight the urgent need for educational institutions to address and eradicate racism within their premises.

Racism in schools not only harms the affected individuals but also creates a hostile and discriminatory learning environment for all students.

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