Complaints against teachers more than double in a year - council

2015-09-21 20:00


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Johannesburg - Complaints against teachers have more than doubled in the last financial year, the SA Council for Educators (Sace) said on Monday.

Sace CEO Raj Brijraj said they dealt with 586 complaints in the 2014/2015 financial year, compared to 283 complaints in the previous financial year.

Brijraj, who was speaking to journalists in Centurion, said of the 586 complaints, 18 cases led to "definite-period striking offs" - cases in which teachers were temporarily suspended until a hearing was held.

There were also 10 "indefinite striking offs", which meant that these teachers would not be allowed back into teaching in SA or any other countries. Their names would also be submitted to the child protection register and the sexual offenses register.

"The number of cases that we get does fluctuate and it seems that over the last few years... complaints have been increasing," Brijraj said, adding that it was not clear why this had happened. He said one possibility was that the public was more aware of Sace.

He said they processed about 100 cases per quarter.

"We also investigated [the] selling of promotion posts. While there have been a lot of rumours about corruption and fraud, we were not able to get any evidence or witnesses to prosecute a case against any teacher."

However, Sace did find systemic deficiencies in the way promotions were handled.

He also invited the public to contact Sace if there was any doubt regarding the standing or qualifications of a teacher.

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