‘WC Education Dept prioritises sexual misconduct cases’

Ten teachers have been found guilty of sexual misconduct in the province over the past year.

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CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department says it is giving priority to investigations into sexual misconduct involving teachers.

Ten teachers have been found guilty of sexual misconduct in the province over the past year.

The department says six of them have been dismissed, while others were given warnings and fined.

The department's spokesperson Paddy Attwell says offences range from making inappropriate comments to sexual assault.

"We view sexual misconduct in an extremely serious light and give priority in investigating these cases."

Last month a teacher at Imvumelwano Primary School in Wallacedene was dismissed after the department found him guilty of sexual misconduct and dishonesty at a disciplinary hearing.