A Pretoria teacher who allegedly assaulted an 11-year-old pupil by throwing a piece of hose pipe at him at Nantes Primary School in Eersterust is set to appear before a disciplinary tribunal soon.
The Gauteng department of education confirmed the teacher was still to face disciplinary action as soon as its investigation process into the alleged assault was completed, Rekord Moot reported.
The Grade 6 teacher allegedly threw a piece of hose pipe at the child’s face two months ago, leaving him with a black eye.
Department spokesperson Oupa Bodibe said the teacher was still working at the school on a three-month renewable contract.
He said the investigation into the alleged assault had been completed.
“The district labour unit is in the process of submitting a request for charges [to be preferred against the teacher] to head office. The teacher has not yet been charged,” added Bodibe.
The boy’s mother said her son was doing fine after initially being afraid to return to school.
“My son is doing OK and he is still in her class. He is getting over this experience, though at first he was worried about returning to her class,” she added.
Bodibe urged teachers to avoid corporal punishment in schools, as it could lead to dismissal and a criminal charge of assault.
“The department has over the past years trained teachers to identify and implement alternative disciplinary practices and procedures. Schools are empowered through the SA Schools Act to develop their own disciplinary codes,” added Bodibe.
– Caxton News Service