‘Racist’ NSA teacher suspended

racist NSA teacher SUPPLIED A frame grab of an SMS that a National School of Arts pupil sent to her mother.

Johannesburg - The National School of the Arts history teacher accused of making racist remarks and calling black people demons has been placed on cautionary suspension.

Gauteng Department of Education spokeswoman Phumla Sekhonyane said the teacher wouldn’t be allowed to set foot in the school pending the department’s investigation, which is under way.

The teacher, a Miss Nel, allegedly told a Grade 8 class at the Joburg school that the government was failing because it was led by black people.

The school said it was taking the allegations seriously, and if they proved to be true, “appropriate steps will be taken”.

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation has joined in the condemnation of the incident.

The foundation’s director, Neeshan Balton, said while political commentary and critical reflection were perfectly acceptable in academic institutions, they must be based on rational and intellectual foundations.

“History, and the understanding and teaching thereof, is a key component of interpreting our past and current processes of change,” Balton added. The Star

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