Teacher suspended for assault

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The principal and a teacher at Meadowlands Secondary School in Johannesburg have been suspended for assaulting a student, the Gauteng education department said on Tuesday.

"They were given a sanction of two months' suspension without pay, as well as a final written warning. The educators did not appeal their conviction and sanction," said spokesman Charles Phahlane.

He said the department concluded its disciplinary hearing of principal Moss Senye and teacher Fancy Phehle into the assault of a 17-year-old student in February last year, and that their suspension would be effective from June 1 until July 31.

"The department wishes to make it clear that it will deal decisively with non-adherence to policy on corporal punishment. Learners who are assaulted at school should report to the school or district office, and inform their parents so that they can open a criminal case."

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