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SACE: Name and shame abusive teachers

The South African Council for Educators says it is pushing to have the names of teachers who have been struck off the roll to be made public.

Picture: sxc.hu

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Council for Educators (SACE) says it is pushing to have the names of teachers who have been struck off the roll to be made public.

This follows reports of educators abusing learners at schools, most recently in KwaZulu-Natal.

In a recent incident, a teacher was caught on video beating a learner with what appears to be a stick in full view of her classmates at the Mdlamse High School.

The SACE’s Thembinkosi Ndhlovu says that by not publishing the names of teachers found guilty of various offences, it makes it possible for them to continue teaching without repercussion.

“When we dismiss somebody and it’s unknown, that does not serve as a deterrent enough. So, we’re looking at how best can we make public the names of the people that we have struck off the roll so that society can know. We want to disclose the names of the people that have committed horrendous crimes.“

Ndhlovu says it is important that educators who abuse their authority are reported.

The Education Department has issued letters of suspension to at least eight teachers accused of misconduct in KwaZulu-Natal, while in the Northern Cape, an investigation is underway into the cases of more 30 schoolgirls who were allegedly impregnated by teachers.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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