Lesufi vows to confront teacher misconduct in Gauteng’s schools

The Education MEC says he wants to tackle the increasing number of cases of misconduct involving teachers.

FILE: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says his department wants to confront what he calls the demon of teacher misconduct in the province’s schools with nearly 80 educators being dismissed in the past financial year.

Lesufi delivered his over R40 billion budget speech in the Gauteng Legislature on Tuesday which also focused on prioritising township education, as well as teacher and early childhood development.

The Education MEC says he wants to tackle the increasing number of cases of misconduct involving teachers.

“We’re not happy and we’re not proud but we had to act. Last year alone, that’s from 2016 to 2017, we’ve just expelled 78 educators for misconduct.”

Lesufi says his department is also worried about teenage pregnancy and drug and alcohol abuse in schools.

“We’re very worried about the social challenges within our schooling environment. About 4,446 learners fell pregnant alone last year.”

He says more needs be done to tackle the social issues in the schooling environment.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)