By Jacques Smalle MPL, DA Provincial Spokesperson on Education:
The DA has written to the MEC for Education , Ishmael Kgetjepe to suspend the “broomstick teacher” who allegedly assaulted a pupil at Ramashobohle High School in Mankweng with a broomstick and dislocated her wrist with immediate effect.
It is alleged that the learner was beaten repeatedly with a broomstick for being late for her 6am study session along with her follow learners. The teacher who is also the deputy principal , has already appeared in court earlier this month but he is still at work.
Despite the incident the department failed to suspend the teacher or to initiate immediate disciplinary process against him.
It is clear that the department is being too lenient on this teacher who violated Section 12 of the South African Constitution Act 108 of 1996 that stipulated that everyone has the right not to be treated or punished in a cruel, inhuman or degrading way as well as the children’s act.
In line with the Constitution, the National Education Policy Act of 1996 (Republic of South Africa, 1996 a: A-47) states that no person shall administer corporal punishment or subject a student to psychological or physical abuse at any educational institution which the teacher opted to disregard and violate.
Corporal punishment is a violation of children’s rights and it was abolished in September 1997. The DA urges MEC Kgetjepe to urgently establish investigation on this incident and take action against the principal as well for failing to take action against the teacher.
The DA will table a motion on this issue in the Limpopo Legislature for debate and to implement more stringent vetting mechanisms for teachers to come up with functional alternative measures in order to deal with ill discipline.