Education depts probing teachers, principals

2012-10-09 12:26

Johannesburg - Provincial education departments are investigating several charges against dozens of teachers and headmasters, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

These include complaints of discrimination against people with HIV, corporal punishment, sexual misconduct with pupils, and nepotism.

The Gauteng education department has had to deal with 259 disciplinary hearings since April 2012, of which 128 had been completed.

According to the department, 13 people had been fired this year, while another 35 were suspended pending investigation outcomes.

The department was also investigating 36 cases against school governing bodies, mainly involving allegations of power abuse, financial mismanagement, and incompetence.

The North West education department was investigating 46 teachers and headmasters, six administrative staff members and one office worker on charges including sexual misconduct, absenteeism, and maladministration.

In Limpopo, eight headmasters and four teachers were being investigated on similar charges.

Mpumalanga's education department failed to respond to several inquiries from Beeld.

  • neo.motsepe - 2012-10-09 12:34

    Headless State.

  • teresa.villarini - 2012-10-09 12:40

    And these are the people that teach? Hmmm makes you think doesn't it ?

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-10-09 13:10

      khethu you know you don't have to defend this government? They won't do the same for you or your children.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-09 13:22

      M nowhere near defending those tsotsis, what m defending here is the proffession, every fool think they can say something negative about our teachers, do anybody have any idea what teachers have to put up with in the class, nobody is saying nothing about that, teachers are just being blasted by everybody @ any available opportunity. Thats all.

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-09 13:33

      Judging by his spelling Khethu looks like a product of our modern education.

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-09 13:56

      Herman, no man m the living product of bantu education, the education the np regime designed for the natives, while the pink skinned were given another one, i hate apartheid and everybody assossiated with it. For 48 years it was sh#*t and poison they fed the african child and now after only 18 years you have the freakin nerve to say the sh*#t u just said.

      Andrea - 2012-10-09 14:02

      Really, khethu, you've had 18 years to improve on what your education lacked and that's the best defence? What, too late to get it improved FOR you FOR FREE?

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-09 14:17

      I give up on you whites, you will blame anything and everyone but yourselves. I am tempted to say you have met your match in the ANC, and i hope it frustrates you more, you deserve everything the ANC is throwing @ u.

      Jon Low - 2013-08-20 05:02

      What is the ANC supposedly "throwing at you"? Whatever it is, it gets counteracted by ingenuity and skill. And there's no "blaming". Just get on with the job.

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-10-09 12:45

    probe everybody even stritkid-father-mother gay everybody in sa maybe things will be better

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-10-09 12:45

    result of top down approach from the examples set by leading figures in the cANCer govt.

  • zahierm - 2012-10-09 12:54

    Education dpt has been under the cosh hey. Convenient to deflect attention from their struggles?

  • cathy.dejongh.5 - 2012-10-09 12:59

    And still nobody 'probes' Angie. Rubbish government.

      Klaus - 2012-10-09 13:36

      an idea, start at bottom of education chain, lay charges of non performance against teacher, propose amnesty in return for info, and so on, sooner or later this avalanche of ??? must reach top of chain - in between we will see who is really responsible and will be charged

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-10-09 20:37

      It's just an excuse by the department to shift focus and blame innocent teachers when the yet poor FINAL matric results come in a couple of months from now

  • johnny.coetzee.3 - 2012-10-09 13:31

    Also, please probe the Education depts !!!

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-10-09 14:19

    Viva Africa Viva. We too like bananas

  • Sa Gunner - 2013-05-22 08:44

    The education departments must probe themselves first. They've failed the teachers and learners miserably and is playing the blame game.My spouse is a teacher who works bloody hard. Coming home from school each day is normally followed by an additional school-related shift at home. After this we spend time together when I have to hear:- 1. Children disrupting classes and showing complete disrespect to teachers. These children know that they'll be defended by the education authories. 2. Learners either drugged or even smoking their 'zol'in class. How can a learner have carte blanche like this? 3. Learners in Grade 8 that cannot even read, spell and do not know any number system. 4. That you can obtain a matric certificate without having passed once by the time you reach age 21 beats me. 5. So okay the teachers, as alleged in the article, commit wrong. But we need to look at the learners and parents of learners too. Is education not intended to be holistic? How about the government setting aside some time on radio or TV or any other communication medium to use this to reinforce a sound values system amongst our citizens. If they could paint a condom on on every wall that was visible to the public, then surely emmarking on a public campaign to ensure a sound system of values is also possible? There is abolutely no doubt in my mind that the governement is failing themselves and the citizens of this country.Please, before you label me, I am 'black'.

  • Jon Low - 2013-08-20 04:59

    "...on charges including sexual misconduct, absenteeism, and maladministration.." The first one is definitely a crime. But what sort of fake "charge" is "absenteeism"? If a worker is absent and fails to provide a valid sicknote, their pay simply gets docked and the worker is given a written warning to produce a sicknote even for one day's absence. Should they not obey this order, they get fired. There aren't any "charges". And ditto for "maladministration" (whatever that is).

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