Assault on pupil condemned

2012-08-23 22:32
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Johannesburg - A Mpumalanga teacher's assault on a learner, which was caught on video, was condemned by the Commission for Gender Equality on Thursday.

Spokesperson Javu Baloyi said even when learners provoked and verbally abused teachers, they were expected to be role models.

"In this regard, the educator is expected to still show a respect for the law and dignity of his/her learners, and not resort to physical violence by pulling of the learner's hair as it was depicted."

The cellphone video, made by another learner, showed the teacher pulling the learner's hair, then hitting and kicking her when she fell to the floor.

The girl tried to fight back. Fellow learners had to restrain her and the teacher.

"The educator should have at least tried other means of resolving the conflict by reporting the incident to the principal and the school management," said Baloyi.

"There must be a strong and unequivocal signal conveyed by the department of basic education that no abuse of learners will be tolerated."

The assault took place last Thursday.

The teacher had been suspended.

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