Teachers' worst crimes: Assault, running off

2012-10-29 11:32

Cape Town - Assault and running off are the two charges most frequently brought against Western Cape teachers and education department employees, it was reported on Monday.

The Cape Argus reported that between April last year and March, there were 104 departmental hearings involving alleged attempted or threatened assault in the province.

Department spokesperson Paddy Atwell said the assault charges normally involved corporal punishment.

In the same period, there were 30 hearings for running off.

The figures formed part of the department's 2011/2012 annual report, which revealed that 285 misconduct and disciplinary hearings had been finalised.

Of these, 25 related to sexual assault of a pupil, 17 to improper, disgraceful and unacceptable conduct, and 13 to unlawful industrial action.

According to the report, 83 employees were fired or deserted their posts over the year.

Atwell told the newspaper that while the number of cases was concerning, it reflected the department's success at investigating, prosecuting and reporting offenders.

  • peter.j.cock - 2012-10-29 12:05

    setting the perfect example ..........

  • Kathy Bergh - 2012-10-29 12:08


      odupreez - 2012-10-29 12:17

      Why not just say it ?

      odupreez - 2012-10-29 12:20

      Although the "article" mentions 83 that were fired or deserted their posts. Really bad writing - just shows that the quality of everything is going down the drain.

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-10-29 12:08

    I see there is no ANC and Sadtu lashing bcos this is Zilleland. I'm not surprised... - 2012-10-29 12:39

      The BIG difference is that the Western Cape is DOING something about their problems .... they do not wish that they will go away by themselves. They also not afraid to hide the fact that they trying to restore discipline .... so get your buddies in the other provinces to follow the lead(er).....

      alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-10-29 13:01

      At least in "Zilleland" there are schools to run away from. In the rest of the ANC paradise you geniuses have "liberated" yourselves before you've educated yourselves and burnt all the schools down. I'm not surprised either.

  • leon.putter.3 - 2012-10-29 12:22

    how many of these so called sexual assault could be false allegations? I refuse to believe that all of them are true. Kids have lost their value's due to lack of good disciplined and the lack of a conscious driven home environment. Having been educated in a traditional boarding school, I use to get shots from the father of the house just because he found out that I got shots in school for not doing home work or skipping bible. for every six shots I got in school I got the same amount again before supper and in-front of all my fellow students. Yet there was a mutual respect between students and teachers and unlike what everyone might think, I do not suffer from any long term effect accept for respecting my fellow colleagues and working my butt off for the fear of actually having to take responsibility if I don't do my part. Fact is, Kids have too much rights just like criminals do. being smacked on your bum with a cane or a cricket bat plays as important role in trained teachers does because it not only teaches you but also motivates you. I would love for a psychologist to explain to me in detail how my school punishment affected me negatively because even they cant argue that people in general are motivated differently. some with a push and others with a reward, but never with a wheel barrow.

  • tilly.vanoudtshoorn - 2012-10-29 12:41

    There was a time when teachers and pupils had dignity, respect and discipline. Oh sorry, they're not talking about those kind of teachers or pupils.

  • jason.sasman.3 - 2012-10-29 12:46

    And today parents forgetting that their "little angels" aren’t actually so innocent! With the laws the way they have kids disrespecting/assaulting teachers, and getting away with it, as they have the backup of the law and their parents! Whatever happened to GOOD OLD FASHIONED schooling and parenting? You got a hiding because you were naughty and DESERVED one,and the chances are that if your teacher gave you a hiding, so would your parents afterwards. And what happened to this seemingly "abused" generation? They became lawyers/doctors/teachers and solid members of society. What are the youth like today now that we have all these "rules"? You only need read your latest headlines to find out, and THEY are our future???When last did you see a youth get up for an older person on the bus/train...or letting a lady walk first through an entrance? Where are all those life lessons? It’s all too sad really! Call me OLD SCHOOL....but i believe in good old fashioned discipline....that is how my parents were raised...that is how i was raised...and that is how i will raise my kids!

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-29 13:09

    Do you get a worse crime than depriving/denying kids their basic human right to education and a better future ??

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