Rogue teachers allowed to ‘run amok’
THE South African Council of Educators (SACE) says its advocacy work, aimed at promoting professionalism among teachers has not had the desired impact.
Several teachers have been cited for corporal punishment, which is illegal, and the sexual abuse of pupils in their care despite awareness programmes aimed reducing levels of misconduct. In its report tabled to Parliament yesterday, SACE said it received 593 complaints in the 2016-17 financial year.
“We have, however, noted that the trend still remain the same. This year has not been different from the past financial year.”
It said there was “slight increase” in the misconduct cases involving corporal punishment, sexual abuse pupils, assault of teachers and submission of fraudulent qualifications, among others. The teachers remained rogue despite workshops being organised.
“Despite the amount of advocacy having been carried out, it is evident that many educators are still applying corporal punishment and some still abuse learners sexaully,” the report said.
“Saddening is still the physical assault between colleagues.”