South Africa’s teaching profession watchdog, the South African Council of Educators (SACE) has busted a teacher in Limpopo for working in the province for 20 years with fake qualifications.
As disclosed, the activities of the unnamed teacher came to light after the watchdog launched an investigation into numerous cases relating to teachers using fraudulent qualifications to secure jobs.
It was found during the investigative process that the teacher continued to receive her salary for a period of 20 years, despite being unqualified.
According to SACE, most teachers who secured jobs with fake qualifications often produce qualifications from the University of Zululand, Unisa and the University of North West.
The organization added that 593 complaints involving teachers were processed in 2015 alone. Reports had it that out of these complaints, a total of 77 hearings were instituted, resulting in 70 educators being found guilty.
Furthermore, a total of 25 teacher registrations were struck off the roll indefinitely, while five were struck off for definite periods. Forty educators received other sanctions. For the period under review – from April 1 to November 10 – a total of 50 sexual abuse cases and 140 cases of corporal punishment of learners were received.
The organization added that from April to October this year, a total of 33 educators were wiped off from the roll of educators indefinitely and their names forwarded to the Department of Social Development to be included in the register of persons declared unfit to work with children.
In the meantime, SACE has confirmed the teacher’s resignation. Nonetheless, it vowed that she must not get away with her crimes.
“A case is being pursued by the legal authorities, and someone will have to answer. Paperwork allowing her to work and get paid is available, so someone must tell us how they will get the state’s money back from her,” said SACE chief operations officer Tsedi Dipholo.
The education watchdog also warned teachers working with fake qualifications to either get their qualifications or flee from the education sector.