Placed in a position of trust, teachers can mould and shape the lives of scores of children. But what happens when teachers turn rogue?
Currently, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education is expelling seven teachers and one administrator; all of whom are facing allegations of sexual misconduct.
This follows a statement issued by Kwazi Mshengu, the department’s spokesperson, on Friday, November 22.
Mshengu claims the expulsions form part of the department’s efforts in cleansing the education sector. The decision comes after the department have allegedly exhausted all the relevant disciplinary processes.
Mshengu’s statement emphasises how teachers in KwaZulu-Natal are often role models; inspiring and encouraging learners to strive for greatness and reach their full potential. However, the statement says there are educators who disappoint the educational sector in terms of their behaviour.
The statement claims despite the seriousness of the accusations, the staff were given a fair disciplinary hearing before being expelled.
Mshengu concludes in stating that children should be safe at school and with their teachers.
As teachers and other adults supervising children build up trust through their close contact every day; Mshengu says it is particularly damaging when that trust is abused or broken, and sexually inappropriate behaviour takes place.
With the Department of Education taking steps against the staff, what do steps do you feel must be taken against teachers and staff accused of sexual misconduct?
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