Curro Holdings, a leading private education provider, has confirmed the suspension of a teacher at its Curro Academy Protea Glen in Soweto, South Africa, following allegations of racism. According to media reports, the teacher allegedly referred to three disruptive learners as monkeys.
In a statement, Curro Holdings stated that it became aware of the incident last Friday and immediately initiated an investigation. The incident is believed to have occurred during the first term of the previous year.
However, no formal complaint was made through any channels at the school or within the Curro organization at that time. The executive head of the school was made aware of the allegations on Friday and promptly informed the Curro head office.
Curro Holdings emphasised that no formal complaint had been lodged with the school or within the organisation.
Upon learning of the allegations, the teacher was suspended with immediate effect, and a disciplinary inquiry has been launched in accordance with the group’s policies and procedures. The inquiry will proceed following due process over the coming week.
Curro Holdings is committed to providing counselling or other support to the affected learners after engaging with their parents. This incident follows previous racism allegations at Curro institutions, where the executive head allegedly referred to a fellow black woman teacher as a monkey.
Curro Holdings acknowledges the seriousness of these allegations and is taking swift action to address them. The organisation remains committed to fostering an inclusive and respectful learning environment for all students and staff members.