Teacher-learner Sexual Relationships
Growing reports of sexual misconduct by teachers in Gauteng schools has parents fearing for the safety of their children in the classroom.
Despite the Gauteng Education department denying that there had been any cases reported of teacher-learner sexual relationships in the past two years, media reports this morning revealed that a teacher found guilty of breaching the code of conduct by having a sexual relationship with a 17 year old learner may soon be back in the classroom.
This does not bode well for parents having to leave their children to attend a school where a teacher was found guilty for sexual harassment.
Whilst the department claims that the teacher has been “rehabilitated” and will be closely monitored, children who are placed in this persons care may be susceptible to unwelcomed sexual advances that will negatively impact on learning.
Realogile High School
The DA urges Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi to investigate all cases of sexual misconduct by teachers in schools and to take a firmer stance when teachers are found to be guilty.
Recently, the DA received messages from whistle blowers who reported sexual offences to schools and district offices but no action was taken to date.
At Realogile High School in Alexander, a parent has approached the district on several occasions but nothing has been done. It is alleged that the teacher involved belongs to SADTU and enjoys protection whilst continuing to victimize learners at the school.
Any information received by the DA from whistle blowers on sexual harassment in schools will be directly sent to the MEC’s office.
We encourage parents and learners to immediately report cases to the department or to the South African Police Services.
It is the duty of the MEC and his department to rid Gauteng schools of any sex pests in schools.
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education
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