Two schoolgirls have reportedly beat up Mpumalanga high school principal after the old man cheated on them.
The girls’ escapade with the school principal came to light on September 8 when they marched down to his Bushbuckridge school and finished him off.
Mpumalanga education department spokesperson Gerald Sambo who confirmed the story on Thursday disclosed that the school principal had an affair with the two matric pupils.
Sambo added that one of the girls was the principal’s student while the other was a pupil in a different school. The spokesperson emphasized that the department will continue to oppose teachers, who indulge in unfriendly relationships with learners.
“What educators need to do is to teach and protect learners like their own parents and not the other way round,” he said.
Following the shameless act, the Mpumalanga high school principal was suspended, until the department concludes an investigation into the matter.
Responding to the ugly development, Bushbuckridge Residents Association spokesperson Promise Moripa encouraged teachers to protect learners under the care.
“It’s disappointing to hear that a 50-something-year-old is hanging on top of the body of a young child, likely to call them grandfather. That thought alone is exhausting because the same elder should be the one protecting the child by educating them about HIV/Aids and also helping them stay away from falling pregnant,” Moripa said.
Authorities and concerned individuals in the country have continued to condemn the violation and assault of learners by their teachers.
Many schools in the country have been rocked by some teacher-pupil sex scandal. In August 2009, a 54-year-old Zululand Primary School teacher was arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old pupil in Enseleni Township near Richards Bay.
Earlier this year, President Zuma championed a campaign calling on appropriate authorities to have male teachers who prey on vulnerable young girls punished.
In August, the KwaZulu-Natal education purged 12 teachers from the education system for assaulting learners.