'Education authorities careless when axing teachers with sexual offence charges'

Amid the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, the Shukumisa project's #16DaysofDiscontent reports back on the performance of various government departments and civil groups.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the South African Council for Educators (SACE) have been scored four out of 10 for the lack of coordinated disciplinary action taken against educators who sexually abuse the learners in their care.

Clinical director at the Teddy Bear Clinic, Shaheda Omar said pupils are often subjected to ongoing trauma when educators charged with sexual assault are not removed from the teaching system.

Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:

We're finding that pupils are being forced to change schools or drop out, which disrupts their learning. Some are forced to leave because of pregnancy, issues of shame or humiliation. They are compromised.

Shaheda Omar, Clinical director at the Teddy Bear Clinic

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