The South African Council for Educators wants new teachers registering with the body to submit police clearance certificates from next year.
To date, a total of 99 cases of misconduct between 2016 and 2017 have been reported including rape involving teachers have been reported to Sace.
Sace spokesperson Themba Ndhlovu says the council has taken decisions on these cases.
He explains that in the past all foreign nationals registering with Sace needed police clearance certificates, but now with the increase in abuse cases, the body wants all members to do so.
Council felt that it's important to have all teachers who are coming to register more especially the new once to bring in police clearances.— Themba Ndhlovu, SACE Spokesperson
Ndhlovu says this is one of the mechanisms to make sure the people entrusted with learners are fit to interact with them.
Council has not pronounced on what will happen to those already in the system.— Themba Ndhlovu, SACE Spokesperson
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