Media Statement September 2017
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Council Condemns alarming number of sexual assault cases in schools
The South African Council for Educators (SACE) a statutory body responsible for regulating the teaching profession has noted with serious concern the recent events of both physical and sexual abuse of learners by teachers.
Sexual assault by teachers against learners is a devastating human rights problem in our schools and the Council has received more than 20 cases since April to date that were lodged against educators.
Council is currently investigating the allegations and hopes to finalise them soon. Should there be evidence to substantiate the allegations, there will definitely be dire consequences for the said educators if found guilty of misconduct. These may include striking off the educator’s name from the roll of educators and submitting their names to the Department of Social Development to be listed as persons unfit to work with children.
This kind of conduct is strongly condemned by Council and we are reiterating our call to teachers to refrain from any form of such disgraceful conduct.
South African Council for Educators (SACE)
Enquiries: Themba Ndhlovu
Cell: 071 606 3311
27 September 2017