MEC congratulates pupils who spoke up about sex

2009-05-04 00:00

Education MEC Ina Cronjé said yesterday she is “delighted” that pupils at Makhumbuza High School found the courage to approach the the Education Department to report teachers who were allegedly paying them for sex.

“Most people would be reluctant to report this information. It’s great that they felt they could come and talk to us,” she said.

Cronje visited the school, where five teachers were suspended after pupils alleged they were having sex with girls in the science laboratory, to determine the impact of the scandal.

Accompanied by Umlazi’s district director, Mlungisi Ntombela, Cronjé told the media that her visit was only to check on how the school is functioning and that she is not involved in the internal investigation of the teachers.

“These are serious allegations being made here. However, the purpose of my visit is to make sure that teachers are teaching and learners are learning,” she said.

Cronjé said the suspension of the teachers is a precautionary measure as their presence at the school would impede the investigations.

Interviews with the pupils and others implicated in the incident have been completed and the investigation is expected to be concluded by the end of next week.

If found guilty, the teachers will be dismissed.

“Once the investigation has been finalised, evidence will be weighed up, and then a decision will be made as to whether to charge the teachers,” Cronjé said.

Temporary teachers have been brought in to replace the suspended teachers.

Ntombela said the team will consider investigating whether there were incidents involving pupils who have since matriculated from the school.

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