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education blackboard thumb medium80 92BusinessLive reports that as teachers battle with assaults by pupils at schools‚ the Department of Basic Education says it has measures in place to ensure pupils are held accountable for their actions.  

The department was asked to outline its policy following the emergence on Tuesday of a video showing two female pupils kicking and assaulting a teacher.  The step-by-step process to be followed by the department in disciplining pupils who attack teachers at schools is as follows:  The pupil is suspended from school for five days; after five days of suspension‚ a disciplinary hearing is held; when the hearing is concluded‚ the pupil is sanctioned.  Sanctions‚ according to Limpopo education spokesperson Sam Makondo‚ vary depending on the type of offence the pupil has committed.  The sanction can be anything between expulsion of the learner or relocating them to another school.  According to the South African Schools Act‚ assault is one of the offences that can lead to expulsion as it is viewed as serious misconduct.  According to the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu)‚ assaults on teachers are a worrying trend.

  • Read this report by Nomahlubi Jordaan in full at BusinessLive

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