Teacher suspended after he is filmed slapping, insulting pupils

2015-04-17 20:47

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A Gauteng teacher seen on a YouTube video slapping, kicking and insulting pupils in class has been suspended pending disciplinary action.

The teacher is seen in the video clip taken inside a classroom kicking a boy and saying to him in Sotho: “Don’t piss me off; I’m not your father.”

He then goes on to grab the two boys by their jackets and repeatedly asks them why they have not submitted their assignments. Before they can say anything, he starts to slap them, repeatedly.

At some point the teacher, who is dressed in a white shirt and a tie, tells one boy who tries to grab his hand: “You dare not touch me and make me dirty.”

All this time, other pupils can be heard laughing in the background. The teacher then looks towards pupils and seemingly in the direction of one girl and says: “Hey you, don’t laugh like a bi**h; you are in a classroom here”. He then quickly turns back to the boys and slaps them before pushing them and ordering them to write and submit their assignments.

The video titled Teacher assault students (Boitumelong High School – Tembisa) had more than 6000 views by 6pm tonight.

Boitumelong was the first school in Gauteng where the Big Switch On Pilot Project was launched earlier this year. The project is a transition from the traditional learning of chalkboards and paper to IT-based learning where teachers use an interactive screen instead of a chalkboard and learners work on tablets. Gauteng is planning to spend R17 billion rolling out this project at its schools over the next five years.

There is a possibility that the now suspended teacher was filmed on one of the government-issued tablets.

Meanwhile, Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi reacted angrily to the incident saying he was “disgusted”.

Lesufi would not say what would happen to the teacher citing ongoing disciplinary processes but promised to “deal with this matter decisively”.

The MEC further urged the public to desist from spreading the video clip and rather delete it. He said the video was not good for pupils who were appearing on it being assaulted and insulted.

Corporal punishment was legally banned in South Africa in 1996.

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