Western Cape education dept to probe 'marks for dates' claim

2016-04-18 19:00
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Cape Town - The Western Cape Department of Education will investigate a claim that pupils at a school in the province are being harassed by teachers who promise better marks in exchange for dates.

"These are very serious allegations. I will investigate this as a priority," said Jessica Shelver, spokesperson for education MEC Debbie Schafer.

Earlier at a discussion about the Constitution between Justice Minister Michael Masutha and a group of high school pupils, a female pupil told Masutha that teachers were having affairs with pupils and failing pupils who would not date them.

"I want to know if this is appropriate because I am so sick of this," said the pupil.

Masutha was outraged by the information and urged the pupils to use their cellphones to record teachers who do this.

"It is illegal. It is criminal. I want them in my correctional facilities, so expose them. It's simple - use your cellphone," he told the children.

He explained that the burden of proof lay with the accuser, so to prove their claims, pupils should record incidents or film them.

Shelver said she had already made inquiries with district officials and would provide more information.

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