Monday, June 21, 2021

North West educator assaulted by parent

The North West Education Department has condemned an incident, whereby a teacher was allegedly assaulted inside a Grade 6 classroom by a parent.

In a video gone viral on social media, the teacher is seen standing in the doorway of a classroom trying to speak to the parent, who can be heard speaking in Setswana and is waving her finger.

In the video, the parent can been seen smacking the teacher in the face.

‘’A 53-year-old female teacher was allegedly assaulted inside a Grade 6 classroom by a parent at Phera Primary School in Tsetse Village near Mafikeng on Monday, June 15, 2021,’’ said the department in a statement.

The department said that the teacher who has over 10 years teaching experience was allegedly assaulted by a mother who has two children in Grade 4 and R respectively at the school. It is alleged the parent complained last week Thursday on why the teacher turned back her children for late coming.

‘’Upon investigation the department found that the two learners never arrived at school as their names did not appear on the screeners register on the said day.’’

MEC Mmaphefo Matsemela has condemned the parent’s behaviour.

“On behalf of the department I would like to strongly condemn the alleged incident against one of our teachers. I am perturbed by the incident and the actions of this specific parent. Our teachers are beacons of hope and should be treated as such for their huge revolutionary role they play in educating our society.’’

“As a department we plead with parents to protect teachers and not to cause any harm on them. Teachers should be treated as a scarce commodity which needs to be protected by the entire society”, added Matsemela.

The teacher has opened a case of assault against the parent.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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