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education blackboard thumb medium80 92TimesLIVE reports that police confirmed on Wednesday that the Sans Souci Girls' High teacher who was filmed slapping a learner in a heated altercation has opened a case of assault against the pupil.  

The pupil’s mother, however, has opened a case against the teacher.  “Two cases of assault were opened for investigation by Claremont SAPS - one by the parent of the learner and another one by a 33-year-old teacher.  No one has been arrested at this stage,” said a police spokesperson.  The altercation between the pupil and the teacher was filmed on a cellphone and involved shouting, pushing of a desk, accusations and the teacher slapping the pupil.  Some learners at the school staged a protest on Wednesday in support of the teacher, saying the incident was not race related as had been suggested by some commentators on social media platforms.  Western Cape education MEC Debbie Schäfer said they were investigating the incident.  She said that ill-discipline at schools would not be tolerated, but "corporal punishment is unacceptable".  Schäfer noted that the teacher concerned had been appointed by the school governing body (SGB), which would meet to discuss disciplinary steps.  The Progressive Professionals Forum (PPF), an association of professionals in the Western Cape, said it would report the teacher to the police for assault and write to the SA Council for Educators (SACE) to request an investigation into her conduct.

  • Read the report by Naledi Shange and Philani Nombembe on this story in full at TimesLIVE
  • Read too, Mom lays charge after Sans Souci teacher slaps child, teacher lays charge of her own, at News24
  • And also, No tolerance of any school violence, says MEC, on page 5 of The Citizen of 7 February 2019

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