Soshanguve pupil beaten by teacher

A primary school pupil will receive counselling after he was allegedly beaten up by his teacher.

Child assault. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education Department said a primary school pupil from Soshanguve will receive counselling after he was allegedly beaten up by his teacher.

It is understood the incident happened before schools closed in March.

The department's Charles Phahlane said, "The rules are very clear, corporal punishment is outlawed by both the constitution and the South African Schools Act. No educator may punish a learner in this manner."

The department said they are still investigating the incident.

Corporal punishment was banned over a decade ago, but it is till common in some schools.

According to research, 70 percent of primary school and 50 percent of high school pupils are still subjected to corporal punishment.