Corporal punishment in schools

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Corporal Punishment. Photo: Supplied.

The North West Department of Education says it can assure the public that there are no educators in the province that still practice corporal punishment and that the department takes a firm stand against it.

This comes amidst the Democratic Alliance’s allegations that there are still isolated cases of corporal punishment that are not reported.

Departmental spokesperson, Freddy Sepeng, says anyone suspected of such crimes will be suspended, pending a proper investigation.

Sepeng, says although nationally there are teachers that are suspected of incorporating corporal punishment in schools, the provincial department is currently not aware of any registered cases in the province.

The Democratic Alliance spokesperson on Education, Tutu Faleni, says corporal punishment is unconstitutional and should not be on the agenda of the provincial department of education.

He says during a school governing body lekgotla that was held in Rustenburg last week, there was a call by members for corporal punishment to be used as a form of discipline.

Faleni says reinstating corporal punishment will violate the rights of learners and has no place within the education system.

He says cases of abuse in schools in the Bojanala Platinum District have already been reported to the education legislature committee. He urges the provincial education department to urgently investigate these cases.

Katleho Morapela/ Courant News