We told education dept about sex assault claims - Parktown Boys' governing body

2017-05-08 17:10
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Johannesburg - Parktown Boys' High School's governing body on Monday denied claims that it never informed the Gauteng education department about sexual assault claims against a teacher.

The school immediately informed its governing body and police of the incident, SGB chairperson Nicholas Greyling said in a statement on Monday.

The Gauteng education department was informed the following day, on November 4, 2016.

On November 3, a teacher looking at CCTV camera footage of the school's hostel, saw an assistant boarding master making inappropriate physical contact with a boy in a common room.

Police were contacted and the alleged perpetrator was arrested that evening.

"He has since been charged with sexual abuse of minors and is awaiting trial. The school banned him from the property pending a hearing, but he resigned with immediate effect."

Failed to report

Counselling and psychological support were provided to the pupils and the school was keeping parents informed.

A senior official with the department's psychological services visited the school and was working closely with it. The school was ensuring "maximum protection" for the affected pupils.

Greyling said the school did not tolerate crime or threats to its pupils.

"We are co-operating with authorities to ensure the full might of the law is enforced."
The department on Monday said it would find out why the school had failed to report the matter and the extent of the sex abuse at the school.

"The department became aware only after the issue became public. The failure by the school to report these serious allegations smack of an attempt to sweep them under the carpet."

The Sunday Times reported this weekend that more than 20 pupils, aged between 15 and 16, had accused the school's assistant boarding master of sexual assault.

 

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