30 Cape teacher attacks



May 13, 2016
30 Cape teacher attacks

The WCED has seen an increase in pupil-related assaults on teachers, ranging from verbal to sexual and physical abuse. CREDIT: Sourced

Teachers attacks are on the rise, but unions say that reported cases a just the tip of the iceberg.

Western Cape teachers are “under siege” in the classroom.

A shocking 30 attacks at the hands of pupils, parents and residents have been reported to the provincial education department this year, but teacher unions believe the number of unreported cases is much higher.

Pupils were involved in 14 assault cases, six of verbal abuse, two sexual abuse cases and one in which a weapon was used to threaten a teacher.

In the other matters, three cases were of parents who verbally abused teachers, one where a resident verbally abused a teacher and, in two cases, residents robbed teachers.

No pupils have been expelled this year for attacks on teachers.

In the 30th incident reported this month, a Cloetesville onnie was beaten and robbed in his class following a disagreement with a Grade 8 pupil.

Jessica Shelver, spokeswoman for Education MEC Debbie Schafer, said the pupil reportedly ran home and fetched his father and another adult.

The adults allegedly beat up the teacher, and took R1 750 from his desk.

The matter was reported to the police.

Disciplinary action will be taken against the pupil, however, he has not returned to school since the incident.

Last month, a Kraaifontein principal was assaulted at his school, allegedly by two teen brothers.

Jonavon Rustin, provincial secretary of the SA Democratic Teachers Union, said teachers feared for their lives.

He said WCED should take responsibility and protect teachers, however, he added that “teaching respect starts in the home”.

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