Johannesburg - A teacher who allegedly broke a pupil's hand with a steel pipe was set to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Thursday.During his last appearance in May, the teacher was released on bail. At the time, police could not immediately confirm the bail amount.The Krugersdorp News website had reported that the pupil's mother came home on May 7 and found her daughter in pain. She reportedly had severe swelling on her left hand. The site reported that the girl, with other pupils, was allegedly punished by a teacher with a steel pipe because she did not answer a maths question correctly.The Gauteng Department of Education said it viewed the incident in a "serious light" and was investigating. "We strongly condemn corporal punishment as it is outlawed by the Constitution... and the South African Schools’ Act," spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane said."Corporal punishment has no place in our schooling system. The alleged behaviour of the educator, if proven true, is completely unacceptable."