Learners at the prestigious Adams College south of Durban have taken to social media to express their outrage at male teachers who allegedly have sexual relationships with some of the learners.
Adams College is ranked in the top ten schools in KwaZulu-Natal and has produced a number of local and international leaders like the founding president of the ANC Dr John Langalibalele Dube and the first president of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama.
A former learner, who did not want to be named, says the unacceptable behaviour has to stop.
“You’d think it’s normal because they’re friendly towards you but it was a bit over friendly with some and you couldn’t say anything because obviously you couldn’t talk without that person talking about it. This year a child complained and he’s being ill-treated now because he complained about it and it was blown out of proportion as we say. Besides them leaving the school we need to actually address it so we can’t be told that they are just going to leave the school. They have to address what they’ve done if they leave the school they are going to go to another school and do exactly the same thing.”
The provincial Department of Education’s spokesperson Scelo Khuzwayo emphasises that it is against the law for teachers to have intimate relationships with learners. He says the allegations are being investigated.
“Well the reports or allegations that are coming through from Adams College are actually alarming and it is against this background that the department has put together a team that will be investigating what is said to be taking place in that particular school. It is only after that investigation that we will be in a position of knowing what is it we need to do,” says Khuzwayo.
Kids have gone to social media under the banner ,”Save Adams College from paedophiles”, to expose the issue.
We are putting an end to teachers who take advantage of learners, sleeping with them casually, impregnating them and forcing them to terminate the pregnancies. Emotionally abusing them, harassing them and expecting them to be okay with that.
— Ntathu Zungu (@third_won) June 1, 2018
— rhulani baloyi (@rhulani1baloyi) June 11, 2018