Despite numerous reports of children being abused in schools by teachers and care givers, the SA Council for Educators (SACE) has not been able to screen new teachers against the Sex Offenders Register because they're still trying to gain access to it.
Communications Manager at SACE, Themba Ndhlovu says the register is currently being reworked after Parliament told the Department of Justice to amend it.
According to Ndhlovu, SACE will only have access to the register in 2019.
It is a process that is unfolding at the moment...— Themba Ndhlovu, Communications Manager at SACE
Ndhlovu says they are currently using the Child Protection Register which is managed by the Department of Social Development.
SACE also submits names of teachers that are struck off or dismissed from the Education Department.
The issue of checking on whether the teacher is fit and proper to work with children does take place through the Child Protection Register.— Themba Ndhlovu, Communications Manager at SACE
In our process, once the teacher has been found guilty of sexual misconduct, that teacher is struck off the roll indefinably. This simply means that the teacher will never be allowed to work with children again.— Themba Ndhlovu, Communications Manager at SACE
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