In a bid to root out or at least curtail the rate at which learners are sexually abused or assaulted by their teachers; the SA Council for Education (SACE) has called for a prompt and immediate establishment of a single database which would house the names of teachers caught in a sexual act with pupils.
SACE reasoned that such a move would make the names of offenders accessible to most schools in the country and would also impede offenders from migrating to departments; higher institutions, and provinces.
The council’s call follows the shameful dismissal of 12 teachers by KwaZulu-Natal education department for sexual assault on students, and other related offenses and the detention of a Nquthu teacher caught in a video having sex with three students.
The 45-year-old Nquthu teacher and a father of five were also suspended from his position as a teacher at Ekucabangeni High School in Nquthu, northern KwaZulu-Natal, after graphic videos of his escapades with school girls went viral on social media.
Since his dismissal and a visit by KwaZulu-Natal education MEC Mthandeni Dlungwane to the school; six girls affirmed that the shameless teacher slept with them.
SACE Laments Under-Report Of Teacher-Learner Assault Cases
SACE has so far imposed lifetime bans on 170 teachers nationally in the past two years for sexual offenses. Speaking to reporters, the council’s communication head Themba Ndhlovu also lamented that cases of assault are barely reported; stressing that it only weighs in on reported case.
He lamented: “There is a very low level of sexual misconduct being reported and; as a result, most offenders escape punishment. We will be meeting with the departments to look at how to raise awareness among parents and pupils so that this crime does not go unreported.”
The SACE representative confirmed that a minimum of 82 teachers was blacklisted during the 2013/14 financial year, adding that 11 of them were KwaZulu-Natal teachers.