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Sexual misconduct cases against teachers increase

10 cases of sexual misconduct have been reported against teachers in the WC over the past financial year.

FILE: 10 cases of sexual misconduct have been reported against teachers in the WC over the past financial year. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Education Department said 10 cases of sexual misconduct have been reported against teachers in the province over the past financial year.

This is a slight increase compared to the previous period.

A Plettenberg Bay teacher accused of sexually assaulting a schoolboy earlier this year appeared in the local magistrates court yesterday.

The man's case has been postponed to November.

The department's Jessica Shelver said when allegations of a sexual nature surface against teachers, they're immediately suspended pending an investigation.

"As a provincial education department we check our Persal System, which is the state employee record system to see whether any internal disciplinary hearing has found an applicant guilty of sexual misconduct on any previous occasion."

She added the department does not register teachers that are not registered with the state.

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