THE angry mother of a Grade 3 pupil (aged nine) who was assaulted at a primary school in Greytown has called on the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education to enforce the ban on corporal punishment in schools. The mother of the child, whose name cannot be revealed to protect the identity of her child, told the Greytown Gazette that her son was playing with other pupils at school when a Grade 4 teacher allegedly assaulted him on his buttocks with a plastic pipe.The incident happened at the school on Thursday, November 7.“Pupils were playing outside of the classroom because their teacher was not in the class. The Grade 4 teacher who assaulted my child accused them of making noise. From what I have gathered, one of the girls refused to come out from the classroom. The girl slapped [my son] on his face. Other children reported to the teachers that my son was fighting with another pupil. When the teacher came into the classroom, she asked my son to bend over the table. She then started beating him with a pipe on his buttocks. She gave him more than 10 strokes on the buttocks and one on his arm,” she said. She added that the incident happened in full view of other pupils in the classroom and that the teacher administered strokes until the pupil was severely bruised on the buttocks and arm. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2“My son told me that when he cried, the teacher beat him with a pipe on his month,” she said.The pupil sustained bruises in his buttocks and arm. A medical report from the doctor,who examined the injuries of the child, revealed that the victim was assaulted with a heavy object.“I completely understand that children can be troublesome, and they deserve to be reprimanded. Hower, I don’t think the teacher should have assaulted my son using a pipe. “He cannot even sit properly. He cries at night complaining about itching buttocks,” she said. The Gazette learnt that the principal of the school called a meeting last week to apologise to the parent.“The teacher was part of the meeting too, but I was not happy with her apology because I could hear that she was being assertive and defensive. If she was truly contrite about what she did to my child, she shoyuld not have tried to justify her actions. I opened a case at the Greytown SAPS and would like to see justice done for my son. How many pupils suffer in silence due to the harassment they experience from schools? Corporal punishment was banned in schools. This is physical abuse,” she said. Spokesperson for the Department of Education Muzi Mahlambi condened the use of corporal punishment at schools.“Our position still remains that use of corporal punishment is not permitted at all. We will deal with the matter,” Mahlambi said. Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said: “A nine-year-old was allegedly assaulted with a pipe in Greytown. A case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm was opened at Greytown police station for investigation,” Naicker said.The suspect (27) was arrested last week, and she will appear in Greytown Magistrate’s court on today, November 13.