KwaZulu-Natal teachers fired for abuse

2012-08-31 15:46

Durban - The department of education in KwaZulu-Natal has dismissed five teachers for hitting pupils in the last 20 months, the Mercury reported on Friday.

One was given a final warning and the department was investigating two others for misconduct.

Provincial education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said officials believed this was the "tip of the iceberg".

"Learners and parents tend to report cases only where learners were seriously injured. We know corporal punishment is rife and that parents are unaware of their rights," Mahlambi was quoted as saying in the Mercury.

According to the paper more than 70 departmental staff including principals and departmental heads were facing disciplinary hearings for a number of offences, including mismanaging schools accounts, faking qualifications, assault and rape.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-31 16:19

    This report helps to explain the recent SAIRR report of the capital reduction in the number of State schools

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-31 17:05

      Huh? Maybe you should go back to school, this comment is senseless.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-31 17:07

    Within limits bring back controlled discipline. As a kid at school I had my bottom warmed with a cane and I am still normal, but not a misplaced.

  • Neal Sing - 2012-08-31 19:13

    If they are unruly and disobedient then Moer them

  • Bhavisha Nathoo - 2012-09-01 23:45

    ok so i agree that abusing a learner is wrong but disciplining a learner is what is needed! its ok for a learner to swear, threaten, refuse to do their work to an educator and not get transferred because of the departments STUPID mentality,but its a big issue wen a teacher reprimands the learner! wake up smell the ignorance of our education policies, laws etc. teachers have no rights to discipline learners and then the minister states teachers are not doing their jobs. i teach 45 learners in a classroom with 37 desks, learners r in gr 10 age of these learners 19, 20, 21. and they strong big n fearless! they have a dont care attitude n parents not all but many r manipulated by their childs lies!

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