The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) has welcomed the dismissal of a Pretoria teacher who was caught on video slapping a grade R pupil (5) several times.
Reports say it took a protest by parents to get the department of education in Gauteng to suspend the educator who was filmed while allegedly meting out corporal punishment to a grade R pupil.
The teacher from Nchuncheko Primary School in Soshanguve trended on social media after a video of her emerged beating a grade R learner.
The little boy in the video can be heard crying in the clip while the woman hit him several times on his head.
The provincial department said the teacher was immediately removed from the school and was reported to the district office pending a disciplinary hearing on Monday.
Mabona said a disciplinary hearing held on Monday found the teacher guilty and recommended her immediate dismissal.
Mabona said the teacher was on Tuesday served with the outcome of the disciplinary hearing.
“We can confirm that the disciplinary process, which was instituted upon finding out about the video, took place on Monday. The process was concluded with the immediate dismissal verdict of the grade R practitioner,” said Mabona.
“As the GDE, we are fully behind the school’s decision to dismiss the practitioner as it sends out a strong message to everyone working with learners at our schools never to use violence as a form of disciplinary measure,” said Mabona.
He added that the department’s psycho-social unit has been dispatched to the school to offer counselling to the affected learner.