Call for harsh action against abusive teachers
SCHOOL governing bodies, parents and principals should take stronger action against teachers who physically abuse pupils so as to put a stop to such behaviour.
This was said by child advocacy and humanitarian group World Vision South Africa, reacting to recent reports of teacher violence against pupils, especially in KZN.
The organisation said the perpetrators should be publicly named and shamed as the South African Council of Educators (SAACE) intends to do once it has finalised the legalities around the move.
The organisation said proper background checks which includes teacher social media pages must become standard practice.
Recent reports include the suspension of seven teachers in KZN schools, six of whom from three different were romantically involved with pupils.
The seventh teacher was caught on video viciously assaulting a pupil at Mdlamse High School.
In Kuruman in the Northern Cape three teachers have been accused of allegedly having “sexual relationships” with pupils.
In Gauteng, a teacher has been suspended following allegations of sexual assault involving nine pupils at Kodumela Primary School in Pretoria.
National director of World Vision South Africa Paula Barnard said it was unacceptable that children were vulnerable and exposed to such horrific acts of violence at schools.
“With a high percentage of acts of violence towards children committed at home, schools should be a haven for children where they can flourish and even find refuge,” Barnard said.
“We urge parties involved to swiftly and decisively deal with the perpetrators in question and believe the only way forward is to publish the names of the guilty parties to prevent any future acts of violence and sexual misconduct,” she said. World Vision South Africa recently formed part of the southern African launch of the organisation’s global campaign It Takes a World to End Violence Against Children which aligns with the Sustainable Development Goal to “end the abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children”.
The countries where World Vision operates (Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia) will tackle child marriages.
Swaziland and Zimbabwe will fight sexual violence and South Africa will wrestle sexual and physical violence.
CONDEMNED: Strong action against teachers who physically abuse pupils must be taken.