Bfn teacher allegedly drove off after reversing into child


The Free State Department of Education is investigating an alleged incident where a teacher at the Sentraal Primary school had allegedly reversed into a 12-year-old learner and drove off, allegedly without attending to him.

The child’s father, Steven Dinthe, a pastor, told Courant that his son was waiting for transport on the school grounds at around 14:50 yesterday when a teacher accidentally reversed into him.  Dinthe says he took his son to the casualty ward at the Pelonomi Hospital.

According to the father the child was concussed and sustained tissue damage to his legs and feet. He was discharged at midnight. Dinthe says he is angry at the way the incident was handled by the school.

“I am very angry, the fact that the accident happened does not concern me the most. But why didn’t she report the matter to her seniors yesterday and also notify us as parents.

“We as biological parents are expecting teachers to take care of our children. Internally we are going to deal with this matter, externally we do feel it was an act of cruelty,” says Dinthe.

He says he did not lay a charge but did obtain an occurrence number from the police.

Education spokesperson, Howard Ndaba, says they will work closely with the school and all the relevant stakeholders to further investigate the matter and decide on the way forward.

“It is still early days, we are still consulting with the school. By tomorrow we will know the way forward, whether to suspend the teacher or not,” says Ndaba.

The school’s principal told Courant that they are aware of the incident. He says the matter is being investigated internally by the School Governing Body.

-Mark Steenbok