Rogue teach­ers al­lowed to ‘run amok’

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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.”

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