JOHANNESBURG -The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on the Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi to urgently intervene and take stern measures against the deputy principal of Crystal Park High School in Benoni for hitting learners with a stick.
Following a video that was taken on March 12 at the school, it is believed that over 40 learner’s bunked classes and went to the playground where they were caught by the acting principal.
The acting principal who later admitted to hitting the learners as form of punishment for being outside class during school hours, it is believed that the field used to bunk classes was dangerous for learners to be there without teacher’s supervision.
With Corporal punishment being banned from schools, DA believes that the learners are the ones who are wrong and does not give the deputy principal the right to use corporal punishment.
The DA strongly condemns the use of corporal punishment in schools.
“We urge all teachers to refrain from corporal punishment as it is illegal”, Said DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education Khume Rhamulifho
“We cannot allow teachers and principals to disregard the law and perpetuate a cycle of abuse”, he added
The DA has further advised the MEC Lesufi to continue in engaging teachers to avoid corporal punishment as a form of discipline.