The council, which monitors ethics and conducts professional development of teachers, has also reported an increase in cases where teachers have been administering corporal punishment, including a case of a pupil in Western Cape whose spinal cord was damaged after an alleged assault outside of a school.
Presenting its annual report in Parliament yesterday, SACE said a total of 440 cases of gross misconduct involving teachers were reported between April 2010 and March 2011.
Among these was:
- one case of murder,
- 78 of sexual misconduct including rape,
- 100 cases of corporal punishment,
- 135 cases of alcohol abuse, absenteeism and insubordination and
- 48 cases of fraud, theft and financial mismanagement.
The council said it had finalised 358 reported cases, transferring a large majority of them to other authorities such as the Department of Basic Education and the bargaining council for teachers.