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A teacher at a North West primary school was allegedly assaulted by a parent of two learners at the school on claims that she had sent the children back for late coming.
The incident happened at Phera Primary school in Tsetse village near Mafikeng last Monday.
MEC for education in the province Mmaphefo Matsemela condemned the incident on Monday afternoon and expressed displeasure with the parent’s behaviour.
In a statement the North West department of education said the 53-year-old female teacher was allegedly assaulted inside a grade six classroom by the mother of two children who are in grades R and four at the school.
“It is alleged the parent complained last week Thursday on why the teacher turned back her children for coming late. 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,” reads the statement.
The statement further read that a case of assault has been opened with the police, and also that the department has sent a team of psychologists to conduct counselling to both teachers and learners at the school.
“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,” she said, adding that teachers need to protect teachers.
The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) called for tighter security at schools in North West.
Sadtu Provincial Secretary George Themba said the parent had no right nor excuse to humiliate and disrespect the educator irrespective of their differences.
Themba said community members need to work closely with schools to avert such incidents and that everyone has a fundamental right to dignity as enshrined in the constitution