NW EDUCATION TO TAKE DRASTIC STEPS AGAINST LEARNERS ASSAULTING TEACHERS
The North West Department of Education is disappointed by an unacceptable and indecent behavior of Grade 12 learners of Motswedi Secondary School near Zeerust who assaulted a teacher and record video footages that went viral on social media pages.
The incident happened on Thursday, 16 July 2020 within the school premises.
On the day of the incident sub-district officials and the school management assembled learners at the school to address them of the temporary school closure due to a confirmed case of Covid-19 amongst the teachers.
After the meeting some of the learners were unhappy about the decision of closing the school and were seen arguing and assaulting a teacher.
One of the learners was seen headbutting the teacher whilst others were insulting him.
The Provincial MEC for Education, Mmaphefo Matsemela was extremely disappointed by the incident.
“This behavior of assaulting teachers in our schools by leaners is totally unacceptable. In 2018 an educator was stabbed to death by a learner in the same sub-district and we cannot allow such a deplorable behavior to resurface in our schools.
“As a department we view this as a very serious offence to be committed by learners.
Teachers are parents to learners while they are in school and no child will be allowed to raise a hand towards them. l have instructed the officials of the department to ensure that a disciplinary hearing takes place as soon as possible against all learners involved in the incident”, said MEC Matsemela.
The learner was suspended with immediate effect after the incident.
The disciplinary hearing is expected to take place this week after the school has been decontaminated and disinfectant.
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