Corporal punishment, sexual abuse among complaints laid against educators

2014-12-03 19:00

Three hundred and forty-six complaints had been laid against educators since April, the SA Council for Educators (SACE) has said.

“Most of the complaints involved corporal punishment, sexual abuse and assault between colleagues, in that order,” spokesperson Thembinkosi Ndlovu said today.

This was according to the outcomes of a meeting held by the SACE on November 19.

The council also found that in terms of educators, 270 investigations, 50 hearings and three mediations were conducted, while 31 educators were struck off the roll indefinitely. A hundred and sixty-one advisory letters were sent out.

“The backlogs of approximately 400 cases from the previous year are also being cleared, and by the end of the financial year, SACE will be dealing with current complaints,” said Ndhlovu.

The SACE’s primary functions were to register all educators as per minimum council criteria, to manage the Continuing Professional Teacher Development system, to establish and maintain professional standards and safeguard adherence to the Teachers’ Code of Ethics.

“SACE administers a thorough screenings regime to ensure that undesirable elements do not enter the profession. The office is busy updating, validating and categorising the register,” said Ndhlovu.

The council had registered a total of 21 591 educators, of which 6 110 were granted full registration while 15 481 were provisionally registered.

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