Vetting procedures in question after Parktown Boys scandal

A 22-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting more than 20 pupils at Parktown Boys’ High School is expected to appear in court on Wednesday morning.

The case once again raised questions over the processes involved in appointing educators.

On Tuesday Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi warned that if the School's Governing Body failed to follow due processes in the appointment of the accused polo coach, someone will be axed.

READ: #ParkTownBoys: 'If due processes were not followed someone will have to walk'

In 2016, a convicted pedophile , Brian Shofer was arrested for rape. Shofer offered tutoring services to children and was teaching temporarily at a Cape Town primary school.

This spurred calls for better vetting procedures at schools.

The Western Cape Education Department's Paddy Attwell insists teachers can only teach if they are registered with the South African Council of Educators.

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He explains while the WCED screens teachers using an internationally recognised agency, SGB posts are made at the school’s own discretion.

It is available. Strictly speaking the main criteria for selection is weather or not a teacher is registered with SACE and if anything has come up in the background of a teacher that would prevent them from being added to the roll of teachers, that would be it.

Paddy Attwell, WCED spokesperson

Generally [with coaches] on a school level, SACE's registration should cover the issue in schools if a coach is a teacher but we need to work with other people involved in sport in the Western Cape.

Paddy Attwell, WCED spokesperson

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