Pupil suspended for burning teacher's hair

A Cape Town high school pupil apparently set his teacher’s hair alight in class.

File: A CT high school pupil is suspended after setting his teacher’s hair alight in class. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A grade 8 learner was suspended from a Cape Town school on Monday for allegedly setting fire to his teacher's hair last week.

The pupil from Crestway High School in Retreat is to face a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old teacher told Eyewitness News she was writing on the blackboard when she suddenly saw and smelled smoke coming from her hair.

She added she had endured two other incidents at the school – including a time when she says a learner sexually harassed her.

The woman said she did not feel safe at the school.

“It’s just getting worse. My plan is just to be transferred to another school where I can make a change.”

Spokesperson for Western Cape Education MEC Donald Grant, Bronagh Casey, said they were aware of the latest incident.

"The department will make sure she (the teacher) receives the necessary support.”

In a separate incident, a False Bay College student was arrested for assaulting a lecturer with a brick, the Western Cape Education Department confirmed on Monday.

It's understood the student  attacked the lecturer at the college's Westlake Campus on Friday.

It’s said the first-year student was selling chips outside a classroom when the lecturer asked him to move away from the area.

Spokesperson for the department, Paddy Attwell, said the student allegedly stormed into a class later on and attacked the lecturer with a brick.

“The college called the police, who arrested the student and then took the lecturer to a doctor. He received five stitches above his eye.”

The lecturer and other students have received counselling.

The student is set to appear before a disciplinary committee on Friday, but police were unavailable to say whether or not he was still in custody.