Tue. Jul 23rd, 2019

KZN teacher faces suspension for allegedly punching learner in the face

kzn teacher corporal punishmentThe mom says she wants nothing else but justice for her son.

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A KZN teacher may face suspension if the school she teaches in Gingindlovu, north of the province, finds that she did indeed punch the Grade 3 learner in the face as the mother alleges.

As reported by IOL News, her son has been a victim of vicious corporal punishment for the second time this year.

Why did KZN teacher punch eight-year-old learner?

She alleged that on 15 April, she was shocked to see her son return from school with a bloody nose and bruises on his face and his scalp.

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The eight-year-old told his mom that his teacher had allegedly sacked him in the face after she accused him of cheating in a class test.

“Another teacher told me that I should take him for a check-up, saying my son complained of headaches in class. I took him for an X-ray and although no injuries were shown, I am worried because he is still complaining of a headache,” the mom said.

“This is the second time” – Victim’s mom

According to police spokesperson, Thulani Zwane, the mom has since filed a case of common assault against the teacher and an investigation has been launched. However, no arrests have been made so far.

The fact that this is the second incident made it clear to the learner’s mom that the school still practices corporal punishment.

The first time around, the teacher had slapped the eight-year-old in the face. When she was reprimanded for her actions, she apologised and offered to cover all medical bills incurred.

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However, the parent refused to accept this hush money.

“I refused to take the money because I want justice to prevent this from happening to other children,” she added.

Education dept launches inquest into alleged violence

What is even more shocking for the child’s mom is the fact that the teacher is still employed by the school.

Although, education department spokesperson, Muzi Mahlambi confirmed that an inquest has been launched and should it be found that the teacher was guilty, harsh action will be taken against her.

“If the allegations are found to be true, the department will take serious actions against the teacher.”

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