All new teach­ers to be vet­ted

Gaut­eng wants a sex pest reg­is­ter to iden­tify of­fend­ers

Sowetan - - News - By Yoliswa Sobuwa

No teach­ers in Gaut­eng will be hired next year with­out be­ing vet­ted.

This was a mes­sage de­liv­ered by Gaut­eng ed­u­ca­tion MEC, Panyaza Le­sufi at a con­sul­ta­tive sum­mit be­tween his de­part­ment and in­de­pen­dent schools that was held in Midrand, Jo­han­nes­burg, yes­ter­day.

Le­sufi also sup­ported the nam­ing and sham­ing of all sex pest teach­ers.

“Be­gin­ning of next year we should have a data­base that is pub­licly avail­able and no teacher in Gaut­eng will be hired with­out be­ing vet­ted. This data­base will have to be shared be­tween the de­part­ment and in­de­pen­dent schools,” Le­sufi said.

He said this amid the in­creas­ing num­ber of teach­ers be­ing sus­pended for sex­ual mis­con­duct.

The sum­mit laid a foun­da­tion for a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort be­tween the de­part­ment, in­de­pen­dent schools as well as the as­so­ci­a­tions of in­de­pen­dent schools to build a cul­ture of tol­er­ance, re­spect and to root out un­fair dis­crim­i­na­tion.

Le­sufi pleaded with the sec­tor to be hu­mane in han­dling pupils with un­paid fees.

“The de­part­ment should not be treated as a dump­ing area. If there is a prob­lem with pay­ment of fees, that should be re­solved with the par­ent and not hin­der the right to ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion of pupils. There is also a prob­lem of un­der­per­form­ing schools. In this prov­ince, 80% of those schools come from in­de­pen­dent schools. We can’t agree as the de­part­ment to have schools that will pull us down,” Le­sufi said.

The de­part­ment and as­so­ci­a­tion made a dec­la­ra­tion to en­sure that no pupils will be ex­cluded from learn­ing on the ba­sis of fail­ure of par­ents to meet fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions.

/ VATHISWA RUSELO

Gaut­eng ed­u­ca­tion MEC Panyaza Le­sufi and the prov­ince’s in­de­pen­dent schools have laid a foun­da­tion to stop sex pests.

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