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,
"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
"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.
IFP KZN Education Spokesperson,
Mrs Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL, 071 884 3844 or 079 114 3015
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Liaison Officer, 073 024 5675