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Growing scourge of the loverboy teacher sweethearts

By Elvis Masoga | Mar 24, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 55 ]

SEXUAL relationships between teachers and pupils are hampering learning and teaching in schools

In 2009 Oliver James, a columnist for The Guardian newspaper, posed this question to readers: "How would you react if your 16- or 17-year-old daughter had an affair with her male teacher?"

Some years back a female friend at secondary school confessed to me that she was having a sexual relationship with her male teacher.

She also mentioned that since the start of their relationship she always got exceptionally high marks in the subject taught by her "sweetheart teacher".

Her confession was not an isolated incident but a drop in the ocean.

The South African Council of Educators' Code of Professional Ethics (section 3.9) states: "(An educator) refrains from any form of sexual relationship (physical or otherwise) with learners at a school."

Unfortunately the Department of Education has been turning a blind eye to evidential reports on the prevalence of sexual relationships between teachers and pupils.

The media has long been reporting on male teachers who propose love to female pupils in exchange for exceptionally high marks in tests and assignments.

Some of these teachers leak test and examination question papers to their "beloved" female pupils, placing these pupils in an awkward position because they do not know whether to accept or reject sexual advances from teachers.

In 2003 UK-based academics Fiona Leach and Pamela Machakanja conducted a collaborative study titled Sexual violence in schools: breaking the silence.

Their study uncovered that male teachers who sexually exploit learners are rarely expelled from the teaching profession - even if they get a schoolgirl pregnant. Some are merely transferred to another school.

According to their study, "Other teachers often choose to ignore what is going on, principals are reluctant to report the matter [to education authorities] because of a bureaucratic investigation, and pupils and parents are either intimidated or lack information about how to make a complaint."

Research conducted at 11 secondary schools in Uganda in 2003 found that eight percent of female pupils have had sex with male teachers in exchange for good marks, money and clothing.

Teachers are supposed to be the custodians of exemplary leadership in schools.

These sexual relationships usually lead to teenage pregnancies and contribute to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases in schools.

Teachers who impregnate pupils usually deny paternity for fear of being charged with sexual misconduct by the South African Council for Educators.

Teachers who solicit sexual favours from pupils generally fail to command respect and dignity among pupils in the classroom.

This entire practice diminishes the value of education and teaching among pupils and the youth in general.

This might explain why most young people in South Africa are not interested in the career of teaching.

Part of the solution of this scourge is to actively promote sex education in schools.

It is also important that teachers are trained and equipped to teach sex education in schools.

In this regard South Africa could draw valuable lessons from the success of the Mema kwa Vijana (Good Things for Young People) programme present in Tanzania.

The sex education project has contributed to the reduction of sexually transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancies and HIV infections among young people in Tanzania.

Lastly, the Department of Basic Education must commission a research study on the prevalence of sexual relationships between teachers and pupils and its effect on learning and teaching in schools.

It is also important that principals and education authorities ensure that teachers adhere to the Educators' Code of Professional Ethics.

Failure to do so must lead to serious sanctions.

  • The author is a political analyst and researcher at the Institute for Dialogue and Policy Analysis.

COMMENTS [ 55 ]

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@Memme
ke dumella le wena, they (teachers) were old,hey. things like this ke masepa.
Ba rekela bana di-Sweets and think to get Kuku in return, siesss.

Hey wena ngwana skolo, pliz ahlogana le monna yoo, and gase thaka ya gago. Kuku yeo ya gago etla rathagana be4 the date.

Apr 05, 2011 1:22 | 0 replies

bana ba le bona ba pakike you cannot resist them,dirope tse di fresh,skirts above the knees
sometimes with no panties,ha ba jeweng

Mar 24, 2011 11:19 | 0 replies

@NELSON. KE NNETE MFANA BA FIT AND BA GADISA THERE ARE THOSE WHO SHOULD HAVE FINISED SCHOOL LONG TIME AGE BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE PLAYING THAT WHY BA FEILA SO WENA HA O MONA O BONA THAKA YA GAGO THAT'S WHY RE BA GALLA AND IT WIL ALWAYS BE LIKE THAT

Mar 24, 2011 11:14 | 0 replies

the bad thing about this is this girls are lost they dont know what they want from having an affir with their teachers.If they were benefiting out of that i would say go for it ,but they are doing it for the hek of it.Believe i've been with amabencane before all they want is airtimefor chatting at night,some of them dont drink or smoke but the things they do you'll think they are in drugs.Teachers should know better,they know how vulnerable one can be especially at that stage.

Mar 24, 2011 11:1 | 0 replies

I HAD A FRIEND IN HIGH SCHOOL WHO DATED A MALE TEACHER (MUST SAY THAT GUY WAS YOUNG HOTTT) SOMEHOW THIS WAS LEAKED TO THE SCHOOLS GORVERNING BODY AN.... NOYHING HAPPEND DUDE WAS NOT SUSPENDED CHICK WAS NOT PUNISHED....

I ON THE OTHER HAND WAS BOTHERED BY A LECTURER (NIGERIAN) ON MY 1st YEAR I KEPT DUCKING AND RUNNING AWAY FROM THAT MAN THE ENTIRER SEMESTER I THEN FAILED LOL THAT MAN MADE MY LIFE HELL....

Mar 24, 2011 10:52 | 0 replies

I think bakhalela baneng basekolo ba shiya basadi ba bona ka magae. This is bull shit to me

Mar 24, 2011 10:44 | 0 replies

aiy yay yi..........you know both sides are too blame they all just a bunch of idiots

Mar 24, 2011 10:17 | 0 replies

@catty88, ndiyakuva, kodwa ababantwana nabo banamalungelo. Years back girls were not allowed to eat eggs and milk, because of its high nutrains valumes, but today they eat that everyday.

Mar 24, 2011 10:13 | 0 replies

@MBONDOZI i blame u n ol other older men who lust after kids...start being parents to this kids plssssssss

Mar 24, 2011 10:8 | 0 replies

We cant CHOOSE for Teachers or School Boys/Girls (Pupils) and anyone in the society, because they have their own RIGHTS (Human Rights):TO CHOOSE for their lives - We can only Teach them good things and they will still have to make DECISIONS for their lives...

Mar 24, 2011 10:2 | 0 replies

@2virgins it is the same as rape and nowhere in my view am making fun of rape.All the things that you have listed are wrong and you acknoweldge that and you even say they are rules.And please do not tell me about the age of consent because it also has be legislated by foosl who want older men to prey on young gals.legal age should be 20 qha.

Mar 24, 2011 10:1 | 0 replies