SA teachers can now be ‘suspended for life’ – if they commit any of these offences

The Basic Education Department has handed out a set of new guidelines for schools, clarifying what offences can now constitute a permanent suspension for teachers. This latest legislation, gazetted just a few days ago, will keep nefarious educators out of the classroom for the rest of their lives if they’re found guilty of committing one of these cardinal sins.

What will constitute a ‘lifetime suspension’ for teachers?

Angie Motshekga has given the green light to the laws, which aim to clampdown on teacher misconduct in South Africa. In total, there are five acts that could get an educator banned indefinitely from their profession:

  • – Committing an act of sexual assault on a learner, student or other employees.
  • – Having a sexual relationship with a learner of the school.
  • – Seriously assaulting, with the intention to cause grievous bodily harm to, a learner, student or other employee.
  • – Illegal possession of an intoxicating, illegal or stupefying substance.
  • – Causing a learner to commit any of the above.

Minister Motshekga brings in tough laws for ‘sex pest educators’

Motshekga has also made it clear that any teacher who ends up on the Sex Offenders Register won’t be allowed to set foot in a school until their name is removed from the database. This criteria doesn’t just include offences against kids, either:

“Any person found guilty of sexual offences against children and mentally disabled people – and his/her name appears on the National Child Protection Register and the National Register for Sex Offenders – will be prevented from employment until removed from the registers held by the DSD or Department of Justice respectively.” | Angie Motshekga

SA teachers facing ‘long suspensions’ for indiscretions

Other illegal acts only come with a five-year suspension, however. Bribery, theft, child endangerment, and the possession of a firearm could stop some teachers from working for half a decade. You can see a more comprehensive list below:

Unlawful conduct, the falsifying of personal documents, and ‘acts of dishonesty’ also carry a five-year suspension – Photo: Government Gazette

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Presh JM Reporter

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