A former staffer at a prestigious KZN Midland’s school has been accused of engaging in “unacceptable behaviour” with pupils.
This was confirmed by school’s governing body (SGB), on Monday, which added the matter was reported to the law enforcement authorities and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education.
It was apparently reported at Alexander police station on Monday morning.
“The leadership at the school, teachers and parents are both extremely concerned and deeply saddened that behaviour, that may have compromised the welfare of the boys in our care, was allegedly perpetrated by a person who was held in high esteem by both colleagues and pupils,” reads the statement.
The SGB said the school adopts a zero tolerance approach when it comes to issues such as this.
“The school has also engaged a professional, independent and objective investigation team.
“We are committed to supporting the SAPS, the KZN Department of Education and other authorities in their investigations, as well as parents and learners who were impacted.”
The governing body also thanked the people who had provided information so far. “However, as all investigations are at an early stage, we appeal to members of the media to respect the privacy of all involved.”
While the school would not divulge the details of the case, it appeared that some of the stakeholders had closed ranks around it.
When pressed for more details on the matter, the SGB said: “We do not think it would be appropriate to go into detail as the matter will be the subject of further investigation.
“Please liaise with the police communications unit for more details.
“These transgressions came to our attention in January and the time frames will be the subject of the investigation.
“The person is not in the employment of the school after resigning of their own volition. We believe that the reasons given for leaving the school’s employ were both professional and personal.”
Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Colonel Kholeka Mhlongo said there was no report on the school in their system. “This is confusing because I have checked on our system on cases recorded over the weekend and today (yesterday) and there is nothing on the school. We can’t confirm a matter being reported if it does not appear on our system,” said Mhlongo.
Provincial education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said they were not aware of the matter, but if it was brought to the department’s attention it would be attended to accordingly.
“If educators get involved in unsavoury behaviour with learners, then those educators should know that the consequences are very harsh.
“People displaying any bad behaviours in our schools are dealt with, and we will look into this matter if it was indeed reported to the department,” said Mahlambi.
The Witness decided not to name the school because the matter involves minors and it is now subject to police investigation.