A Grace 12 learner at Motswedi High School in Zeerust has been suspended pending disciplinary hearing. This comes after the learner allegedly assaulted a teacher and recorded a video footage that went viral on social media last Thursday. It is alleged that on the day of the incident sub-district officials and the school management assembled learners at the school to address them of the temporary school closure due to a confirmed case of Covid-19 amongst the teachers.
“After the meeting some of the learners were unhappy about the decision of closing the school and were seen arguing and assaulting a teacher. One of the learners was seen headbutting the teacher whilst others were insulting him” read a statement released by the department.
MEC for Education, Mmaphefo Matsemela said “as a department we view this as a very serious offence to be committed by learners. Teachers are parents to learners while they are in school and no child will be allowed to raise a hand towards them. l have instructed the officials of the department to ensure that a disciplinary hearing takes place as soon as possible against all learners involved in the incident”.
This is not the first incident. In 2019, a 17-year-old learner was sentenced to 10 years after for the murder of an educator in Ramotshere Technical High School – also in Zeerust.
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