Motshekga 'concerned' about sexual misconduct cases in schools

Minister Angie Motshekga says she has been assured by the South African Council of Educators that it's doing everything possible to prevent similar abuses of power.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga at Reiger Park Secondary School on 23 October 2018. Picture: @DBE_SA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekgsa says she's concerned about the high number of sexual misconduct cases involving teachers and pupils in schools.

However, Motshekga says she's confident the South African Council of Educators is dealing with these cases and is putting measures in place to prevent similar abuses in future.

Motshekga visited Reiger Park Secondary school on Tuesday where a principal was forced to resign earlier this year after it was discovered he's had sex with a number of pupils.

Motshekga says she has been assured by the council that it's doing everything possible to prevent similar abuses of power.

She says one reported case of sexual misconduct is one too many.

The minister has called on the council to tighten background checks before hiring teachers.

TIGHT SECURITY AROUND EXAMS PAPERSMotshekga says her department has partnered with law enforcement agencies to secure question papers and ensure they're distributed without any problems.

Close to 80,000 matric pupils across the country are writing their English paper on Tuesday.

Motshekga says she's confident they have done enough to prevent leaks this year.

With matric exams now underway, the minister has wished the class of 2018 well.

“Exam security is very important for us because it really impacts on the integrity of exams. So, we put whatever we can in place to make sure that we don’t have leaks.”

But she says she can't guarantee there won't be leaks.

“But even in the other years when there were leaks, we didn’t plan for them. so, I can’t say we won’t but we really hope that we’ll have a clean exam period.”

Motshekga has warned pupils against cheating on their final matric examinations, saying they will face serious consequences.