Sjambokking at school is unacceptable

2014-08-10 15:00

A 95% matric pass rate last year, 92% of pupils obtaining university entrances and 83% getting distinctions. Any parent wouldn’t think twice about enrolling their child at a school that achieves these results.

But this is only one side of the story as you read it from the website of the Cefups Academy.

A private college started by Simon Mkhatshwa in 1992, the aim of the Mpumalanga school is to make a remarkable impact on the lives of young South Africans and children across the region.

The other side of the story, which you will not find on the school’s website, is that your children stand a good chance of being sjambokked at some point. The sjambokking is not confined to the schoolchildren; it applies to the teachers too.

Mkhatshwa has been convicted for beating a teacher in 1999. Several other teachers have been convicted for beating children so severely that a few were admitted to hospital for treatment.

The SA Schools Act outlaws corporal punishment at all schools.

But the education department has not taken any action against the use of corporal punishment at this school.

This week, a 19-year-old female student was allegedly sjambokked so badly by teachers that she was admitted to hospital and later died.

Children should not have to suffer and die for the sake of a good education. The education department has launched an investigation, but what will be the outcome of this?

It is unfathomable that it has come to this.

This incident calls for tough action from the education authorities.

If any school refuses to abide by the values enshrined in the Constitution, it should be closed down immediately.

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