A teacher tutoring at Prince Tokotoko High School, Nongoma, northern KZN has been suspended after she was filmed beating Grade 12 girls in a classroom.
In the video posted on Facebook last Tuesday, the teacher was seen calling the girls one after the other to the front of the classroom and beating them several times with something that appears to be a stick while the girls hold on to the back of a chair.
Reports said the teacher allegedly descended so hard on the students because they performed badly in a geography test.
Her suspension came after Education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwane visited Prince Tokotoko High School, Nongoma on Tuesday morning.
Prince Tokotoko High School Governing Body Opens Up
Spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi said: “The teacher was not at school and the principal tried to deny the allegations, but the school governing body told us that even last year they had to intervene in a similar situation.
This proves that there might have been many incidents at the school that were never recorded.”
Mahlambi opined that the suspension of the teacher would serve as a lesson to other teachers in the province who were still using corporal punishment.
Education spokesman Sicelo Khuzwayo however added that the teacher will appear before a disciplinary committee once investigation has been concluded.
According to the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), corporal punishment is a violation of children’s rights.
In 2014, SAHRC chairperson Lawrence Mushwana regretted that despite the fact that South Africa abolished corporal punishment in September 1997, 16 years later, corporal punishment is being applied by some educators.
Mushwana, who spoke at an SAHRC conference in Joburg on ending corporal punishment in schools, said its abolition was in line with international practice.
According to SAHRC commissioner Lindiwe Mokate, figures from 2012 indicated that 2.2 million children were subjected to corporal punishment in South Africa.
Corporal punishment depicts the use of force to inflict pain and discomfort on a child. Most times, it often involves hitting the student either across the buttocks or on the hands with an implement such as a rattan cane, slipper, leather strap, wooden paddle, or wooden yardstick.
Making reference to the KZN teacher, the big question remains, did the teacher do a thorough job on geography before the test? Because we all know that the amount of effort one inputs in anything determines the amount of output he gets.