A grade 11 Bothitong High school learner in the Northern Cape will face a disciplinary hearing, for allegedly assaulting teachers and the school principal. This is the latest incident in which a learner was filmed assaulting a teacher.

Recently a Three Rivers Secondary School pupil in the Vaal was filmed hurling a book at a female teacher. A young girl is seen in a heated argument with a teacher.

Apparently the learner assaulted the teacher. When other teachers intervened she allegedly attacked them.  Student organisation, Cosas has condemned the incident.

“We believe that these things are done purposely because students are having frustrations of which they end up taking it out on anyone. We’ve been calling on government to implement or assist us with at least two security guards in every school for the security of both teachers and learners and we’re calling on the department of health to assist us maybe with sickbays in schools because we’re experiencing learners collapsing in schools,” says Cosas Provincial Secretary Panas Magolane.

The Education department in the Northern Cape says they are investigating the incidence.

“The Northern Cape education department can confirm that we’re busy investigating a case of assault at the Bothitong high school in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district. It involves a grade 11 learner who allegedly assaulted teachers as well as the principal at the school. The disciplinary hearing is scheduled for Monday. As the department we won’t tolerate lawlessness on the school premises with the lives on innocent learners and educators are placed at risk,” says Northern Cape Education Department’s Geoffrey Van Der Merwe.

The department says the learner will continue to attend school, until their investigations are concluded.

Cosas is appealing with the department not to expel the learner. They are also demanding that safety measures be put in place at schools to protect teachers and learners.

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