Schools face investigation after corporal punishment reports

2017-08-30 06:02
The EC education department said action will be taken against educators who continue to practice corporal punishment. Photo: SUPPLIED

The EC education department said action will be taken against educators who continue to practice corporal punishment. Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE Eastern Cape Education Department’s head of department (HoD), Themba Kojana, has expressed his dismay in the recent spate of corporal punishment in Port Elizabeth, the former Mount Frere, and East London education districts, despite the banning of it in the country 21 years ago.

Konjana said the administration and practices of this punitive measure in some schools within the province had not only dismayed but entirely embarrassed the province.

Last week a Port Elizabeth principal from Kwamagxaki High School was caught on video beating at least three matric pupils with a thin plastic pipe, supposedly for failing to attend the school’s winter holiday programme.

Konjana said the department could no longer let the issue go unnoticed, stating that investigations were under way against all the schools that had reportedly been practising corporal punishment.

“Action will be taken against the individuals who are found guilty.

“This is really worrying to me because those educators may lose their jobs,” he said.

He further added that anyone found guilty of the practice was contravening both the South African Schools Act and supremely the Constitution of the Republic.

“Chapter two, in Section 10 of the South African Schools Act states that the act is prohibited in our schools and any person who contravenes it is guilty of an offence and is liable for conviction to a sentence which could be imposed for assault.”

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