If found guilty, pupil who assaulted teacher 'will face expulsion'
A video of the attack recently went viral, in it the Three Rivers Secondary School pupil is seen pelting her female teacher with the book and papers, prompting the educator to walk out of the classroom.
SEDIBENG - Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has described an incident at the Three Rivers Secondary School, in which a pupil hurled her exercise book at a teacher in full view of a classroom, as a very serious offence.
The MEC is at the school in Sedibeng on Monday where he is meeting educators and parents to update them on the investigation.
A video of the attack recently went viral, in it the pupil is seen pelting her female teacher with the book and papers, prompting the educator to walk out of the classroom.
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Lesufi says if found guilty, the pupil will face expulsion.
“I don’t want to sugarcoat it, this is a serious offence and in any case of this magnitude we have to act, and act decisively.”
The MEC says the pupil has since been suspended.
“Learners will want to go to the class to see this the learner that everyone is talking about. Teachers will go there; people from outside will go there. And then the school indeed removed the learner from the class.”
Lesufi says he has met with the school’s teachers to assure them of the department’s support.
#3Rivers The MEC agrees that there should be cameras in classrooms - but says it should be for surveillance and security. He says children should be free at school and not feel like they are in prison. HM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) March 12, 2018
Lesufi says the parents of the grade 10 pupil believe their daughter was provoked.
Lesufi says the parents of the pupil want the department to protect their daughter.
“From where they are as parents they feel the learner was provoked and the learner was unfairly treated. And they really feel that the department must intervene and protect them as well.”
However, he says the parents acknowledge that their child crossed the line.
“The good thing is that they acknowledge that indeed the learner was wrong in attacking the teacher and also in demonstrating the behaviour that she has demonstrated. And for that, they welcome the intervention that we’ve given as a department.”
Lesufi says he has met with the teacher who is seen in the video walking out of the classroom after the incident and describes her as "humble" and "committed".
#3Rivers Lesufi says the school has already issued a letter to suspend the said learner. But says because the she hasn’t been found guilty, she must not be disadvantaged where learning is concerned. HM— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) March 12, 2018