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South Africa teacher suspended over class 'split by race'

A viral photo showing children separated by race at a school in South Africa has sparked anger.
White schoolchildren sit apart from black school children in the same classroom in South AfricaImage copyright.
Image caption White and black schoolchildren were seated apart from each other at Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke

A teacher in South Africa has been suspended "with immediate effect" after a photo emerged of her pupils sitting in racially separate groups.

A black parent told the TimesLive news site that she thought her child's first day at school in had got off to a good start until she saw the image.

"This was meant to be an exciting day for me, but it's not," she said.

Local authorities say they "highly condemn" the incident and have removed the teacher "pending investigation".

The BBC's Milton Nkosi in South Africa says Schweizer-Reneke is conservative rural town with a population of just under 50,000, surrounded by a farming community made up of mainly white Afrikaners.

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