The South African Council for Educators has reported an increase in sexual abuse and rape of pupils at the hands of teachers.
Ninety-seven pupils were sexually violated or raped by their teachers in the 2015/16 financial year.
This is an increase from 82 pupils in 2014 to 94 in 2015.
The council said that of the 97 cases of sexual abuse against teachers, most — 23 — were in the Western Cape, followed by 20 in Mpumalanga.
In its annual report, the council also said 25 teachers had been fired for several misconduct charges – up from 15 teachers the previous year.
The council said it had been forced to drop some cases because parents had refused to give evidence against the teachers allegedly involved, reports the Cape Times.
This was because the teachers had offered financial help to some of the pupils’ families.
A teacher in KwaZulu-Natal was arrested after a post on social media of him allegedly having sex with a pupil went viral.
The teacher has been implicated in several other cases.
The Department of Basic Education said it was also concerned about the prevalence of pregnancy among pupils. Last year alone, 99 000 pupils across the country fell pregnant. In one school in Limpopo, about 20 pupils fell pregnant.