Teacher guilty of improper behaviour still teaching

2015-02-19 12:57


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Cape Town - A teacher who was found guilty of "improper and unbecoming behaviour" for allegedly text messaging a pupil inappropriate messages, is still working at his school, a report said on Thursday.

The teacher, from Bardale Primary School in Blue Down, allegedly asked a 13-year-old pupil whether she would meet him in the bush and declared his love for another pupil in a letter, reported the Times.

He was fined R6 000 and given a final written warning after a disciplinary hearing found him guilty of "improper and unbecoming behaviour".

Even though he continues to teach at the school, Monde Satani is dissatisfied and has complained to the Education Labour Relations Council. His complaint was dismissed. He then asked the Labour Court in Cape Town to review the case, saying the arbitrator had shown "bias and unreasonableness". They also dismissed his claim.

Satani is alleged to have asked a pupil whether she had a boyfriend and if she would meet him in the bush if she went out walking at night.

Another pupil said he gave her a letter telling her he loved her.

Satani has denied the claims.

Last year, 346 complaints were laid against educators since April, the SA Council for Educators (Sace) was quoted by Sapa as saying.

"Most of the complaints involved corporal punishment, sexual abuse and assault between colleagues, in that order," spokesperson Thembinkosi Ndhlovu said in a statement.

This was according to the outcomes of a meeting held by the Sace on 19 November.

The council also found that in terms of educators, 270 investigations, 50 hearings and three mediations were conducted, while 31 educators were struck off the roll indefinitely. A hundred and sixty-one advisory letters were sent out.

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