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Teacher hospitalised after pupil attack

The incident follows a series of attacks in recent weeks by pupils on teachers.

The incident follows a series of violent acts against teachers in recent weeks.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt yet another high school teacher has been beaten in the classroom after trying to break up a fight between two pupils at the Azara Secondary School in Lenasia.

The female teacher was allegedly beaten up and hospitalised after intervening when two grade eight pupils starting fighting over a cap last Thursday.

Both pupils have since been suspended.

Azara School Governing Body member Ralph Smith says when the teacher tried to break up the fight she was attacked by the pupils.

"The one pupil started hitting the teacher then threw her on the floor and punched her. Another teacher came in to stop the fight but they pushed that teacher away."

He says the parents of both pupils were called in to the school and told their children had been suspended, but the father of one of them is opposing the move.

"We spoke to the pupils and they admitted they did it but the father of the one child stormed out of the meeting."

The Department of Education says the pupils will face a disciplinary hearing and counselling is being provided to the teacher as well as her learners.

The incident follows a series of violent acts against teachers in recent weeks.