School girl assault: GDE condemns the incident

The girl in hospital. (Photo: Supplied)

According to Steve Mabona, spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Education, the Department has waged a “stiff war against educators who continue to assault learners”.

This comes after a 14-year-old girl had allegedly been assaulted by a teacher at Culembeeck Primary on 2 November.

Read the initial article here: Primary school girl taken to hospital after being assaulted by teacher

“Our investigation is at an advanced stage, and appropriate action will be taken against the said employee. It must be noted that the Department cannot comment on the issue of arrest, as this is the police’s responsibility,” said Mabona.

“We condemn any form of assault of learners in schools as corporal punishment is outlawed by the Constitution of the country. We have waged a stiff war against educators who continue to assault learners and we will not hesitate to ensure that appropriate action is taken against such educators. Psycho-social support will be offered to the affected learner.

“We request educators to refrain from all sorts of learner assault. They should at all time lead by example to ensure that learners mirror their conduct in creating safe school environments which are conducive to effective teaching and learning,” said Mabona.

“We will continue to monitor the situation at the school accordingly,” he concluded.

The victim’s sister claimed she visited the school yesterday (7 November) to get clarity on the way forward, but the principal refused to talk to her. She also said the teacher in question is still at the school and seemingly not suspended.

The teacher allegedly slapped the girl numerous times for “sitting provocatively”. The 14-year-old had to be taken to hospital after the incident.

Also read: Grandfather assaults 10-year-old pupil at primary school

Roodepoort Police spokesperson Sergeant Violet Mogale confirmed that a case of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH) has been opened and is being investigated, but that no arrests have yet been made.

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