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Hearings of violent pupils won’t be publicised

Disciplinary hearings were held at both Glenvista High and Jim Fouche Primary School.

A screengrab from a cellphone video which shows a Grade 8 Glenvista High School pupil assaulting a teacher with a broom.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) says the disciplinary hearings of two pupils accused of assaulting their teachers will not be made public.

Last month, a pupil assaulted his teacher at Glenvista High School with a chair and broom while his classmates filmed the attack.

The pupil and 14 of his classmates have been suspended pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.

Last week, a 14-year-old grade 7 pupil at the Jim Fouche Primary School in Crosby punched his 41-year-old female teacher in the face last week after he was asked to take off his jersey because it was not part of the school uniform.

Hearings were held at both schools on Tuesday.

It's unclear what further steps will be taken against the two pupils.

Meanwhile, Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy says her department will do whatever it takes to protect teachers following a spate of violence in schools.

Creecy says there are plans to help schools deal with violence by pupils.

"It's very important for district and head office to come in and demonstrate that on these matters we are on the side of our educators."