The North West Education Department has suspended the teacher who is suspected to have separated the children at Laer skool Schweizer Reneke according to race.

MEC Sello Lehari suspended Ellen Barkhuizen after meeting with stakeholders at the school.

Barkhuizen is reported to have taken the photo of the separated children.

It is circulating on social media and has gone viral.

Meanwhile, members of different political parties have been picketing outside the school. Learners have been sent home.