Pupil who got answer wrong compared to Zuma

2014-03-18 10:43
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Johannesburg – A parent has complained to a Roodepoort school after a teacher allegedly told her 10-year-old son that he reminded her of President Jacob Zuma when he failed to answer a maths question properly.

According to The Star, the mother accused the teacher of pushing a DA agenda through her "unsavoury and disparaging" remark about the president.

The mother said she and her child were talking about the upcoming elections when he said his teacher had told him Zuma hadn't gone to school. She asked if it was during a history lesson, but he told her they were doing sums and he got an answer wrong. The teacher allegedly told him he reminded her of Zuma because he didn't pronounce numbers properly during a speech.

The mother went to the school to complain, saying it was inappropriate to make negative and biased statements to children who are young and impressionable.

The Star reported that the teacher had defended her actions, saying the remark was taken out of context, and the speech during which Zuma mispronounced numbers was seen on television and was in the public domain.

The school also defended the teacher, according to the report.

The provincial education department is reportedly investigating the matter.

Last year, a Gauteng teacher received a 3-month suspension without pay for making racist remarks to a pupil and ordering him to remove a religious bracelet.

The SA Human Rights Commission last year also recommended that a Bloemfontein teacher be registered as a person not suitable to work with children after he was found guilty of racism and hate speech.

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