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saceNews24 reports that a Cape Town teacher who was struck from the roll of educators after inappropriate sexual behaviour towards a pupil has been dismissed following his suspicious return to the classroom.  

Arnold Robertson returned to teaching at a primary school in Bonteheuwel, allegedly using a professions council certificate issued 11 years ago.  Until Monday, he had been a teacher at Central Park Primary, but Western Cape Education Department (WCED) spokesperson Bronagh Hammond confirmed that Robertson's appointment had been retracted.  Robertson, a former teacher at Stratford Primary in Eerste River, was sanctioned for misconduct in 2011.  The matter was referred to the SA Council of Educators (SACE) which, after a disciplinary hearing, struck him from the roll.  The WCED terminated his services in terms of the Employment of Educators Act and he was deemed to have resigned.  At that time Robertson took the matter on review to the Western Cape High Court.  "The judgment given was for SACE to register him on a three-month provisional registration and that he was supposed to provide proof of attendance of rehabilitation before any extension is given," said SACE spokesperson Themba Ndhlovu.  He could not immediately confirm if such documentation had indeed been made available.

  • Read the full original report by Tammy Petersen at News24


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