by Safiyia Stanfley – DAWN Deputy Federal Leader and Northern Cape Provincial Spokesperson of Education
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Date: 05 September 2018
The Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling on Premier Sylvia Lucas to provide an update on the investigation that was launched into the high rate of learners who were allegedly impregnated by teachers at Bothithong High School.
The DA expected feedback on the long outstanding issue at a Question Time session with the Premier last week, however she was a no show at the House Sitting scheduled for Batlharos.
Last year, approximately 30 pregnancies of learners were reported at the school, allegedly, as a result of sexual assault by teachers. The Department of Education placed the implicated teachers on precautionary suspension while this investigation was conducted into the allegations.
The findings on these investigations, however, have not been forthcoming.
It is important that there must be transparency around this matter to ensure that long term steps are taken by government to secure the safety of learners at schools. This is of critical importance, given that schools are becoming commonplace playgrounds for sexual predators.
Last year, Education MEC, Martha Bartlett shrugged off any responsibility for the high number of learner pregnancies at Bothithong High School. The DA will write to Premier Sylvia Lucas, in her capacity as an advocate for the rights of women and children, and call on her to release the findings of the Bothithong investigation.
School premises are meant to be safe havens and teachers are meant to serve as guardians of our children.
Only change under a DA-led government will ensure that government takes school safety more seriously and enforces stricter punishment for the evil-doers who commit crimes against our children.
DAWN Deputy Federal Leader and Northern Cape Provincial Spokesperson of Education
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