The probe and pending report come after the emergence of a video showing a man believed to be a teacher taunting and assaulting a grade nine pupil in full view of his classmates.
The video, recorded last month, was reportedly taken by a pupil who wished to remain anonymous. The pupil said this was not the first incidence of corporal punishment at the school, Randfontein Herald reported.
“This happens on a regular basis. It is a daily occurrence. It is the way they deal with pupils that sometimes don’t agree with certain teachers,” the pupil said.
It is alleged three other teenagers were also beaten. The boy and three of his classmates, who tried to help him, were allegedly left bruised and with torn school shirts.
Departmental spokesperson Phumla Sekhonyane said a team of officials from the district had been sent to the Toekomsrus school on Friday to gather information on the incident and compile a report which she said should be ready by next week.
“We reiterate that corporal punishment is outlawed in this country,” Sekhonyane said. “It is not allowed at any of our schools.”
The school’s Deputy Principal, a Mr Butler, said he could not comment on the matter. He added the school’s principal was not available as he was still invigilating matric exams.
Meanwhile, Gauteng Provincial Legislature Portfolio Committee on Education, Chairperson Joe Mpisi, said he was shocked by the video.
“We cannot use the things of the past to discipline pupils,” Mpisi said.
– Caxton News Service