Teachers should sue if attacked – Sadtu

2012-06-01 12:35

The SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) has encouraged teachers who are attacked and injured by pupils to sue education authorities.

“We do not want the floodgates to open, but we will advise our members to take legal action if the employer has been shown to be negligent,” the union’s Western Cape secretary Jonavin Rustin told the Cape Times today.

The call for legal action followed an attack on a Grade six teacher at St Anthony’s Primary School in Heathfield, Cape Town, on Tuesday.

An 11-year-old pupil stabbed the teacher with a pen, leaving a wound on her arm that required stitches.

According to the newspaper, the teacher received counselling and the matter was referred to the school governing body for a formal disciplinary hearing.

The attack comes two months after the provincial education department lost its appeal against having to pay R1.1 million in damages to a teacher who sued it for negligence.

A pupil bludgeoned Tania Jacobs with a hammer at Cape Town’s Rhodes High School in 2001.

The department spent about R6 million on lawyers and experts in defending the case.

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