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Lesufi: Teachers need be thoroughly vetted

The Gauteng Education Department is establishing a single database of blacklisted educators to be shared between independent and public schools.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - With an increase in allegations of misconduct and abuse against teachers, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says those who enter the profession need to be thoroughly vetted.

The Education Department is establishing a single database of blacklisted educators to be shared between independent and public schools.

Lesufi led a consultative summit with independent schools in Midrand on Wednesday.

The summit between the department and leaders from private schools not only focused on issues of racial discrimination but also how pupils can be protected from all forms of abuse.

Lesufi said systems were being implemented.

“I am of the view that we should have a database at the beginning of 2018 that will be available to the public.”

He said no teacher should be employed without being properly vetted and that he fully supported calls for the names of blacklisted educators to be made public.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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