KZN teacher suspended for caning pupils

Spokesperson for MEC for Basic Education in Kwazulu Natal, Kwazi Mthethwa, says the MEC has sent a high level dedication to look into the issue of corporal punishment in schools after a video emerged over the weekend of two teachers caning pupils.

Mthethwa says after some investigation they have found the school, Okumhlophe Secondary School in Umlazi.

The teacher seen in the videos lashing pupils is the deputy principal of the school, says Mthethwa.

Generally we do not condone corporal punishment in our schools. We were taken by surprise... This is not in line with the Constitution of this country says and secondly, it is not in line with the Schools Act

Kwazi Mthethwa, Spokesperson for MEC for Basic Education in KZN

Mthethwa confirmed that the teacher was suspended with immediate effect on Monday morning.

We are going to continue to isolate any individual who abuses and harms our learners. She is going to be investigated but she will not be allowed to go back to the school.

Kwazi Mthethwa, Spokesperson for MEC for Basic Education in KZN

Mthethwa says they have information that the second teacher in the video is in the Harry Gwala District and promises to locate him within the next 24 hours.

The department is calling for other learners who are experiencing such conduct from teachers to report them and expose such behaviour.

To hear the rest of the interview, listen below:


This article first appeared on 702 : KZN teacher suspended for caning pupils


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