Teacher accused of hitting N Cape pupil
A TEACHER at Kgabang Primary School in Ritchie is facing a charge of common assault after she allegedly hit a Grade 4 pupil on her back last week.
The mother of the pupil said yesterday that she had opened a case against the teacher after finding out that the teacher had a history of allegedly using corporal punishment.
“My daughter did not immediately tell me about the incident. Only later that night did she say that the teacher had hit her with an open hand between her shoulder blades.”
The mother said that the incident allegedly happened after her daughter did not hear the teacher, who had told her to move some boxes.
“According to my daughter, she did not hear the teacher. The teacher then got up and hit her in front of the other pupils. My daughter said she cried afterwards, but said that that the teacher carried on with the class.”
The mother said that she had reported the matter to the principal the next morning.
“I went to the school the next day and told the principal, who called the teacher in. The teacher denied the incident and claimed my daughter was lying. The principal then called in two classmates, who both confirmed the incident.
“When the teacher was asked to apologise, she told the principal that the incident was not that bad and that she usually used a hosepipe to hit the pupils. She refused to apologise or accept that she was not allowed to hit the pupils.”
The spokesperson for the Northern Cape Department of Education, Geoffrey van der Merwe, confirmed yesterday that the department was investigating the incident.
“The department is aware of the incident at Kgabang Primary School. The department is busy with an investigation into the matter and will to take appropriate action once the investigation has been completed,” said Van der Merwe.
Police spokesperson, Captain Sergio Kock, said that a charge of assault had been opened at the local police station.
“The SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences unit in Modderrivier is investigating a case of assault common with regards to the matter. No arrests have been effected and the investigation continues,” said Kock.
Just recently a teacher in Upington was been relieved of her duties after she allegedly hit a Grade 6 pupil on the elbow with a board duster.
The mother of the Oranje-Oewer Primary School pupil said that her daughter might miss her end-of-year examinations following the injury to her elbow.
She said that her daughter was currently unable to use her hand and has not been attending school since the incident last week.
She said that she had called the school to enquire about the incident.
“I called the principal and asked about the incident. He told me that he was not aware of the matter and said that the teacher was a substitute teacher, as my child’s teacher was away on a course. He said he would investigate the matter the next day.”
At the time Provincial Department of Education spokesperson, Lehuma Ntuane, said that the department had decided to relieve the teacher of her temporary duties.