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DA: School sexual offence rate extremely worrisome

A reply to a DA parliamentary question has revealed sexual offences in schools remains high.

FILE: the South African Council of Educators revealed that around 100 cases where educators are involved are reported every year in South Africa.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the number of sexual offences at schools especially at the hands of teachers is extremely worrisome.

A reply to a DA parliamentary question has revealed sexual offences in schools remains high.

The South African Council of Educators revealed that around 100 cases where educators are involved are reported every year in South Africa.

The party has requested a meeting with the council to discuss plans to protect learners.

The DA's Sonja Boshoff says the Basic Education Department needs to take drastic steps.

"It's supposed to be a safe environment and at this stage if you look at it, it's not. And many a time a child does not speak out. Especially primary school children. Two, three years down the line, this child might have psychological problems."

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