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education blackboard thumb medium80 92TimesLIVE reports that an Eastern Cape teacher has been suspended pending an investigation into alleged corporal punishment at school.

Pictures surfaced on social media of a pupil from Sandi Senior Secondary School in Ntsundwane, in the OR Tambo coastal district, with a swollen hand from an alleged assault by a teacher. Eastern Cape education MEC Fundile Gade condemned schools still using corporal punishment 28 years after its banning. “Acts of this nature by educators seek to embarrass the sector and the profession because educator unions representing educators are signatories to the South African Schools Act which abolished corporal punishment and declared it a crime against children. We call on law-abiding citizens, including educators, to distance themselves from these malicious and barbaric acts. Failure to do so may lead to the termination of contracts for those found on the wrong side of the law,” said Gade. Department spokesperson Malibongwe Mtima said parents were encouraged to open criminal cases of common assault with the police when corporal punishment occurred. The pupil and her peers at school will be included in a training workshop on what to do and where to report corporal punishment.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Shonisani Tshikalange at TimesLIVE

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