Education department escalates school assault investigation

The incident of a Grade two pupil who was allegedly assaulted by teachers at an Ekurhuleni school is being looked into by the Gauteng Education Department's labour relations unit.

The eight-year-old learner apparently witnessed two teachers kissing in the corridor at Chief Albert Luthuli School last month, and is said to have been locked in the school’s storeroom before being assaulted with a hosepipe.

The Gauteng Education Department has now taken steps to take the incident forward and will escalate the matter to its labour relations unit. The department says it will investigate the matter and mete out  the necessary disciplinary action.

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It also stated that corporal punishment will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

“Our labour relations unit will find out what happened and it will bring charges and they’ll go to a hearing that will be chaired by an independent chairperson,” said Oupa Bodibe, spokesperson for the Gauteng Education Department, according to Eyewitness News.

Bodice confirmed that the department will be taking action against the teachers following allegations that the Grade two pupil was allegedly kicked, stomped and beaten with a hosepipe by a group of teachers. If found guilty, the teachers concerned will have the opportunity to appeal.

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The department did not confirm whether or not the teachers have been suspended.

Source: Eyewitness News