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newsNews24 reports that a female teacher at Bishops Diocesan College in Cape Town has been found to have engaged in sexual misconduct with at least five pupils, but no disciplinary action can be taken against her by the school for these breaches she was no longer an employee.  

The teacher, Fiona Viotti, resigned on 11 October amid allegations of a relationship with an 18-year-old pupil and the school later announced that several more pupils might have been involved.  It launched its own investigation through lawyers.  In a statement on Monday, the school said Viotti opted to not make written submissions to the investigators after her resignation.  The main findings of the investigation were that during the period 2013 to 2019, and whilst employed as a teacher at the school, she engaged in sexual misconduct with at least five pupils.  The investigators found that the teacher had acted in breach of the Bishops Code of Professional Conduct for Teaching Staff and the Code of Professional Ethics issued by the SA Council of Educators (SACE).  No information was received that indicated that the school knew anything about the sexual misconduct with pupils.  In Monday's statement, headmaster Guy Pearson said the investigators had told the school it needed to report the matter to the "appropriate authorities" and it was co-operating in that regard.  The parents of the affected pupils have been informed on their rights and responsibilities regarding the matter.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Jenni Evans at News24
  • Read too, Probe finds teacher 'engaged in sexual misconduct' with five pupils at Bishops, at TimesLIVE

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