This according to provincial Department of Education spokesperson, Dr Naledzani Rasila, who added internal investigations were underway against the Ramashobohle High School deputy principal who is also a teacher, Capricorn Review reported.
Rasila said action would be taken depending on the outcome of the investigation conducted by the school safety and security team deployed to the school last week.
“The teacher will be subjected to an internal disciplinary hearing and to legal action because corporal punishment is a criminal offence,” Rasila said.
It is alleged the 20-year-old grade 12 pupil was assaulted by the teacher for being late for her 06:00 study session two weeks ago.
Democratic Alliance (DA) Limpopo leader, Jacques Smalle, said the party had written a letter to Education MEC, Ishmael Kgetjepe, to suspend the deputy.
“The teacher, who is also the deputy principal, appeared in court earlier this month but he is still at work. Despite the incident the department failed to suspend the teacher or to initiate immediate disciplinary processes against him,” he said.
A May survey released by Statistics South Africa revealed about 13.5 percent of children attending school in the country were still subjected to corporal punishment.
“Only Western Cape and Gauteng seem to be provinces where this kind of behaviour is low. Across time, corporal punishment seems to be dropping, particularly the biggest drop recorded in the Eastern Cape,” Statistician-General, Pali Lehohla said.
Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal topped the list with 21 percent each for children who attended schools where they experienced corporal punishment — which was banned in the education system in 1996.
In the Free State, the figure was at 11 percent; 12 percent in Limpopo; 11 percent in Northern Cape, and 10 percent in North West. In Mpumalanga, 5.8 percent of children have experienced corporal punishment while Gauteng’s figure was at 3.3 percent. The Western Cape recorded the lowest figure at 2.8 percent.
– Caxton News Service