Corporal punishment still occurs in schools

Complaints of sexual abuse and corporal punishment are increasing yearly.

CAPE TOWN - Corporal punishment and sexual abuse are among the main complaints levelled against teachers.

The South African Council for Educators on Tuesday said it has dealt with more than 500 cases over a one year period.

About 170 of these were corporal punishment grievances while 120 related to sexual abuse.

The council's Themba Ndlovu lists some of the other complaints they had to deal with.

“We received 79 cases of verbal abuse, victimization, harassment and defamation, 59 cases of unprofessional conduct which includes abuse of alcohol and insubordination.”