Friday, Sep 18, 2020 | Last Update : 07:46 PM IST

178th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra114584081235431351 Andhra Pradesh6014625080885177 Tamil Nadu5142084589008618 Karnataka4943563830777629 Uttar Pradesh3362942632884771 Delhi2347011981034877 West Bengal2155801870614183 Odisha167161133466722 Telangana1650031335551005 Bihar164224149722855 Assam150349121610528 Kerala12221687341490 Gujarat119088999083271 Rajasthan109088906851293 Haryana103773816901069 Madhya Pradesh97906743981877 Punjab90032658182646 Chhatisgarh7777541111628 Jharkhand6710052807590 Jammu and Kashmir5971138521951 Uttarakhand3713924810460 Goa2678320844327 Puducherry2142816253431 Tripura2069612956222 Himachal Pradesh11190691997 Chandigarh92566062106 Manipur8430653951 Arunachal Pradesh6851496713 Nagaland5306407910 Meghalaya4356234232 Sikkim2119178923 Mizoram15069490
  World   Africa  28 Jul 2017  Doing well by sitting beside white students: South Africa teacher fired for racism

Doing well by sitting beside white students: South Africa teacher fired for racism

REUTERS
Published : Jul 28, 2017, 9:13 pm IST
Updated : Jul 28, 2017, 9:13 pm IST

The elite private college had given Arlow, a geography teacher, a final written warning for his actions but had kept him on staff.

The education department in Gauteng province said in a statement that St. John’s College in Johannesburg had sacked Keith Arlow after it had been given a midday deadline to do so by provincial education minister Panyaza Lesufi. (Photo: Facebook)
 The education department in Gauteng province said in a statement that St. John’s College in Johannesburg had sacked Keith Arlow after it had been given a midday deadline to do so by provincial education minister Panyaza Lesufi. (Photo: Facebook)

Johannesburg: A top South African school fired a white teacher on Friday it initially declined to sack over a string of racist remarks to pupils, bowing to political and public pressure in the latest race row to stir Nelson Mandela’s “rainbow nation.”

The education department in Gauteng province said in a statement that St. John’s College in Johannesburg had sacked Keith Arlow after it had been given a midday deadline to do so by provincial education minister Panyaza Lesufi.

 

Read: Indian-origin Tory candidate targeted by racist voter in UK

The elite private college had given Arlow, a geography teacher, a final written warning for his actions but had kept him on staff, sparking public outrage in a country where race relations remain raw over two decades after the end of apartheid.

“The final written warning was unsatisfactory considering the seriousness of the charges and the guilty finding against the educator,” the provincial education department said.

Read: Racist US woman rants at Indians in store, asks them to return to their country

“We will deal with racism decisively and not give racists space to breath because non-racialism is non-negotiable,” it said. Local media reported the teacher told a black student: “You disappointed the blacks by getting a good mark” and also said to black pupils that the only reason they were doing well academically was because they were sitting next to white peers.

 

A school secretary said St. John’s College would issue a statement later. Mfundo Madiba, a brand consultant who left St. John’s in 2009, said he was appalled by the incident, which ran counter to his experience as a black South African pupil at the school.

“I’m disgusted, to be honest,” he said. “The fact that he was found guilty and wasn’t dismissed only makes it worse.”

Tags: keith arlow, st. john’s college, racism
Location: South Africa, Gauteng, Johannesburg