Eastern Cape teacher accused of beating primary school pupils

2016-11-23 13:05
Angry parents protest outside Ilitha Primary School in Mount Frere demanding that a teacher be expelled. (Nomzamo Yuku)

Angry parents protest outside Ilitha Primary School in Mount Frere demanding that a teacher be expelled. (Nomzamo Yuku)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Port Elizabeth - The education department in the district of Mount Frere is investigating reports of physical abuse by a primary school teacher, who has faced disciplinary action previously for threatening to shoot colleagues.

Earlier this month, angry parents protested outside Ilitha Primary School, demanding the Grade R teacher be suspended, GroundUp reported.

The teacher is accused of beating pupils with sticks and blackboard dusters, slapping them and also insulting them.

During the protest, parents locked the teacher out of the school until department officials arrived and calmed the situation.

School principal Hazel Mlandu said she had never condoned corporal punishment at the school and she understood the anger of the parents.

She said the accused teacher was once taken to a disciplinary hearing for carrying a firearm and threatening to shoot staff members.

She said the teacher had been sent to anger management counselling.

When approached for comment, the accused teacher told GroundUp: "You dare report on this matter. I swear, I will teach you a lesson, my child."

A senior inspector in the district, Loyiso Mashwaye, told parents that the matter was being taken seriously and would be finalised very soon.

"These are serious allegations and we as the department are giving it a sense of urgency. However, there are processes to follow," said Mashwaye.

"We will try to finalise it before the official school closing date."

'Suspended or expelled'

He admitted that parents had been raising the issue for two years.

"The accused teacher could be suspended or taken for disciplinary action with possibilities of being expelled. However, at this stage, we cannot stop her from performing her duties at the school," said Mashwaye.

A parent said: "We sent letters and called for meetings, but all we ever got were the empty promises… She must be suspended or expelled and we are not turning back."

Another said his child no longer wanted to go to school because he was scared of the teacher.

Provincial education spokesperson Malibongwe Mtima said the department had banned the use of corporal punishment at schools, and parents had a right to open criminal cases against anyone still using it.

He said the matter was being dealt with at the district level and that he would not comment any further.

Read more on:    port elizabeth  |  education

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.

/News
 

Play with your pet when you're not at home

Many pets are alone at home during the week while their owners are at work. So what do these animals get up to while they’re home alone?

 
 

Paws

How to get rid of fleas
12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.