Teacher in trouble over viral video

2019-09-25 06:01

A PRIMARY school teacher from a school in Sweetwaters has found herself in trouble after she allegedly took a video of a pupil who was struggling to pronounce the name of a textbook the class was reading.

The video, which was taken of a Grade 1 class, surfaced on social media over the weekend and it has since gone viral.

In the video, a pupil is heard reporting that her fellow pupil took her textbook titled Masihambisane but instead she says ‘masingcwabisane’.

The teacher, who captured the video, is heard repeatedly asking the pupil what the title of the book is and asking her to turn the book around so that she can see while the teacher laughs along with the other pupils.

KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said they condemn what the teacher’s doings and said the department will take action against her.

“The teachers are trained and they know that they are not allowed to take videos of pupils. It is a crime and they are aware of that.

“The teacher that took the video must tell us what the aim of taking the video was and we want to know if she took the video for all the pupils or just this one because she could not pronounce the word.

“You cannot take a video of a pupil and make fun of her because she cannot read or pronounce a certain word.

“The reason she is at school is because she does not know how to read and the teacher must teach her,” he said.

Mahlambi said teachers have a responsibility to treat pupils with dignity and not embarrass them while they are trying to learn.

The mother of the child in the video, who cannot be named to protect the identity of her daughter, told Echo that she is very angry and she wants the department to take action against the teacher.

She said she knew nothing about the video until Monday night, when someone sent it to her on WhatsApp.

“I was told that the video is trending and people are making fun of my daughter.

“On Monday my daughter did not want to go to school, she told me that they are done writing tests and I believed her. But, upon seeing the video, now I see that she did not want to go to school because she was ashamed and thought that the other pupils would laugh at her.

“This is not right, something needs to be done. We send our children to school to learn and not to be made a laughing stock on social media.

“My child’s dignity and self-esteem has vanished because of this video.

“If my child did not know how to pronounce the name of a book it was okay for them to laugh at her, and also take a video of it? I am so angry and heartbroken about what they have done to my daughter,” she said.

The mother said that after seeing the video on Monday night, she decided to ask the child what happened and her daughter told her that her class teacher took the video when she was trying to report her fellow pupil for taking her textbook.

“On Tuesday I went to the school to inquire about the video but I was told that the teacher who took it was absent.

“Her fellow teacher kept on apologising on her behalf but I want the department to intervene in this so that she does not do it to another child,”she said.


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