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Daily Sun, Johannesburg, 17 February 2014

Pupils still caned!

IT MAY be against the law, but these teachers don't seem to care much about the law.

Pictures taken at Bhekiswayo High School near Hazyview, Mpumalanga show two teachers using sticks to punish latecomers at the school entrance.

A pupil (16) who didn't want to be named told Daily Sun: "Our teachers punish us like wild animals."

Pupils caned on arrival late to school
Photo: Nkosinathi Sengwayo/AENS

She said they were late because of the rain and they didn't have umbrellas.

A 17-year-old pupil who also didn't want to be named said if they refuse to be beaten, they are chased out of class.

"Our books are not marked until we surrender to punishment," he said.


He said other pupils use an illegal entrance through the school's backyard in order to avoid being punished.

The pupil said criminals hide there and it endangers the lives of pupils.

Jasper Zwane, spokesman for the education department, said action would be taken against any teacher found contravening the law.

"The department has directed Ehlanzeni District Office to institute an urgent investigation into this matter and report its findings with recommendations to the head of department," said Zwane.

"The SA Schools Act prohibits the use of corporal punishment in any of our schools and anyone found inflicting it will be guilty of misconduct." -- AENS

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