Teachers Found Guilty of Having Sexual Relationships with Learners
 Must Be Added Onto the National Register of Sex Offenders

07 November 2014.

 

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the Provincial MEC of Education, Peggy Nkonyeni, and her counterpart the National Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga to make it mandatory that all teachers found guilty of being involved in sexual relationships with pupils are named and shamed in the National Register of Sex Offenders. 

"We demand that both the MEC and the Minister must advise the public as to how many teachers are named in the National Register of Sex Offenders. It must be made mandatory that during the shortlisting and interview processes all applicants for teaching or promotion posts must be checked to ascertain whether their names appear in the Sex Offenders Register before employing them. If their names are in the Register they must not be employed as it would be a violation of legislation such as the Child Protection Act that protects our children from such predators," said IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL. 

"We are very perturbed about the high rate of reported cases of teachers having sexual relationships with learners but the department is failing to get rid of this scourge. Sex perverts have no place in the education profession, they must be named and shamed for the rest of their lives," continued Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa. 

"The high number of school girls falling pregnant shows that the devil is at play in the education sector. Education authorities must not tolerate improper relationships between teachers and pupils, and stern action must be taken against any teacher found guilty of having sexual relations with a school pupil.

It is worrying that teachers are involved in sexual relationships with pupils who they are expected to protect by assuming the role of in loco parentis while our children are in school," concluded Mrs Thembeni kaMadlopha-Mthethwa. 

The IFP calls for zero-tolerance for teacher-student sexual relations.

 

Issued by:
IFP KZN Education Spokesperson,
Mrs Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL, 071 884 3844 or 079 114 3015

 

Media enquiries:
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Liaison Officer, 073 024 5675