Limpopo pupils boycott classes in wake of teacher sex claims

2012-01-26 08:50

Pupils at a school in Limpopo have boycotted classes since the beginning of the year, claiming their teachers are asking female pupils for sex.

“We cannot fold our arms when teachers, whom we regard as our parents, want to bed us in exchange for a pass at the end of the year,” said a pupil whose name was withheld.

The pupils at Mahlontebe High School in Roosenekal reportedly have the support of their parents and have accused teachers of coming late and bunking classes.

School governing body chairman Ephraim Chilwane confirmed the boycott by the pupils and said the allegations were being investigated.

The school body had told the provincial education department to conduct its own investigation.

A pupil said learners had boycotted classes after teachers showed very little interest in their education. Pupils claimed most of them had failed because teachers were not doing their job.

The pupils said they had reported the teachers’ conduct to the school’s principal, but he had failed to act.

The SA Democratic Teachers’ Union and the education department said they would investigate.

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