Teach­ers face ex­pul­sion over sex scam

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Whins­ley Masara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

TEACH­ERS at Matopo High School in Mata­bele­land South face ex­pul­sion fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions that they are de­mand­ing sex from pupils.

Of­fi­cials at the school who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity last week, said girls now lived in fear as male teach­ers con­stantly pestered them for sex.

“Re­cently one teacher was taken to court for bed­ding a pupil. The teacher was charged for sex­u­ally ha­rass­ing pupils and fired,” said an of­fi­cial.

Mata­bele­land South Provin­cial Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­tor, Mrs Tu­misang Tha­bela con­firmed re­ceiv­ing re­ports about teach­ers ask­ing for sex from school chil­dren.

She said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were un­der­way but could only be com­pleted when pupils re­turned from the hol­i­day.

“We have re­ceived that in­for­ma­tion and have vis­ited the school to find out what is go­ing on. Un­for­tu­nately, the fact that schools are closed has crip­pled our in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“We would have wanted a sce­nario where we find pupils in the school and we talk to them di­rectly. In the mean­time, I must say we have as­signed a team from the dis­trict to im­me­di­ately start in­ves­ti­ga­tions,” said Mrs Tha­bela.

Our sis­ter pa­per Umthun­ywa on the sex scam last week.

It was re­ported in the pa­per that Matopo High School head­mas­ter, Mr Gard­son Sibanda, ex­posed the is­sue of teach­ers abus­ing pupils in a staff meet­ing.

Mr Sibanda de­manded that the mat­ter should be im­me­di­ately in­ves­ti­gated.

Sources have re­vealed that three pupils who were abused last term re­ported the mat­ter but school of­fi­cials swept it un­der the car­pet.

“A li­brar­ian is re­ported to have asked for sex from a Form Three pupil dur­ing that pe­riod of a strike claim­ing that no one would see them. In an­other in­ci­dent, it is also said that be­fore the end of last term, an Ad­vanced Level teacher also asked for a sex­ual en­counter with a stu­dent.

“The stu­dent re­ported the mat­ter to the head­mas­ter’s of­fice and the teacher was given a warn­ing but it ended there.”

Sources said a lot has been hap­pen­ing in the school but it was be­ing con­cealed with no ac­tion be­ing taken. — @win­nie_­masara lifted the lid

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