Education Department investigates learner misconduct

VEREENIGING. –  The Gauteng Department of Education earlier today said in a media release it is investigating circumstances surrounding the incident of learner misconduct, circulating as a video on social media today (Friday, 09 March 2018).

The Department said it came across the video footage on social media, portraying a learner pelting what looks like an exercise book at the educator in a classroom.
According to the Department’s press release: “Our preliminary investigation revealed that the said incident occurred at Three Rivers Secondary School in Sedibeng. We immediately dispatched officials to investigate this incident accordingly.”

Officials from the Psycho Social Support Team have already started with the counselling process of all learners and educators this morning. Counselling was also offered to the affected educator through the Employee Wellness Program.

The process to take the learner through a disciplinary hearing has commenced, and as
such appropriate sanctions will be recommended.

MEC Panyaza Lesufi’s response to the incident is: “We urge all our learners to refrain from acts of misconduct in schools, and implore parents to assist the department in instilling learner discipline in and outside the school environment.”

* Vaalweekblad & Ster urge our readers to refrain from racist comments about this incident. The circumstances aren’t yet known, and according to the video footage there are many lovely, wellbehaved children in the class who do not deserve to be judged by the misconduct of one learner. 

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