Teacher ac­cused of hit­ting N Cape pupil

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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.

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