St John’s College teacher resigns after smoking dagga with pupil

2011-03-31 07:04

A Johannesburg school teacher had to resign after he was caught smoking dagga with a pupil, The Star newspaper reported today.

A St John’s College English and Latin teacher, who began working at the school last year, resigned this week when it was revealed that he shared a joint with a boy he had supplied with dagga a month before.

He was looking after the boarding establishment, Hill House, at the time of the incident.

The school said it regretted the incident and the boy was being counselled.

Meanwhile, a Finetown Primary School teacher was being investigated after he allegedly beat up a 13-year-old boy while his classmates pinned him down over a desk.

“He hit me so many times, I ended going numb ... By the time he was done, I couldn’t feel anything,” the pupil was quoted saying.

The boy had marked his own assignment and faked the teacher’s signature.

The teacher has since been suspended.

Gauteng department of education spokesman Charles Phahlane said: “Upon hearing of the incident, (the department) summoned the deputy principal of the school and the district director to meet with him last week. He widened the scope of investigation to look holistically at issues of discipline at the school.”

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