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By Alex Matlala - matlalaa@sowetan.co.za | Feb 02, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 102 ]

FOUR teachers accused of having sexual relations with high school pupils, and the principal, have been temporarily removed from the school.

Pupils at the Mahlontebe Secondary School in Marble Hall, Limpopo, went on strike last week demanding the removal of the teachers after claims that they had sexual relationships with girls at the school.

No teaching and learning had taken place since schools reopened two weeks ago. Schooling resumed on Monday after the removal of the five, teachers and the school principal.

The department of education said yesterday that the affected teachers, including the principal, were reporting to the area's circuit offices since Monday.

Department spokesman Pat Kgomo said the decision was taken because the teachers were not safe at the school.

School governing body chairman Ephraim Chiloane blamed the department for the situation at the school , saying it failed to support the school.

"Had the department attended to these problems, this school would be mentioned in the same breath as those that produced excellent matric results last year".

Deputy president of the learners representative council Neo Masuku said matters came to a head last year after a Grade 11 pupil smashed a teacher's vehicle, accusing him of cheating on her, after she allegedly caught him having sex with her classmate.

Chiloane said the school was now running with a staff of 17 teachers.

"We are appealing to the provincial department of education to replace the (four) teachers as a matter of urgency or bring back those who had been chased away so that our children can continue learning".

Kgomo said the affected subjects would be allocated to other teachers with the necessary skill .

"It must be borne in mind that the cases these teachers are accused of remain allegations until proven otherwise.

They will therefore remain in the employ of the school," said Kgomo.

The South African Council of Educators, which visited the school yesterday, said learning and teaching continued at the school while officials from the council conducted their investigations.

"Teachers found to be bedding female pupils could be dismissed from the teaching profession for a period of five to eight years, depending on the circumstance of the offence.

"The investigations will take a while, but once we are done, we will release the results so that other teachers can learn from the Mahlontebe situation," Sace spokesman Themba Ndlovu said.

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Dr Breeze, if the flirting continues, disciplinary action must be taken against the child, just like any transgression. It depends onthe disciplinary code of that school. Perhaps the child will first be sent to the principal who may warn her. If it continues, she may face a disciplinary proceeding which could lead to her expulsion. This is how discipline is instilled in a school.

It is not so easy for a child to lie and falsely blame the teacher. A proper and decent teacher would have a good reputation and would be believed, because why would he have reported it ? Lies about those things are usually quite easy to catch out.

The main problem is that there are some very dodgy teachers out there, who are ruining the reputation of good teachers. They must be found out and thrown out of this once noble profession.

Feb 02, 2012 9:44 | 0 replies

@MommaC

A dangerous weapon they have and you can't blame the men if these women fail to use their waepons wisely. If you want to discover yourself as women the do so amongst your peers not with grown men

Feb 02, 2012 10:19 | 0 replies

Dr.Breeze

What 'grown men' ???
All I see here is overgrown children.

Feb 02, 2012 10:21 | 0 replies

@MommaC
If they want to explore they must do so with these 17-20yr olds because once they go th the primier league there is no turning back.

Feb 02, 2012 10:24 | 0 replies

@ Sowetan
Pls 2mrw print a nice article about Limpopo for a change tuuu,if there's any.That province can't be totally bad.

Feb 02, 2012 10:29 | 0 replies

Dr.Breeze

Well they are exploring using the 14 to 18 year olds - only its the mental age that these men are and not the physical. Can't blame the girls for not knowing that grownass men are little more than old looking children

Feb 02, 2012 10:30 | 0 replies

I think everyone is to blame. Firstly the teachers for taking advantage of the kids and then the girls for accepting the invitation. I wish i was the fly sitting on top of the school teachers shoulder listening to what exately did he have to say to get a minor to sleep with him. Also here what bargaining did the monir want for the sex exchange. I think it was something like:
teacher: i love you nana and i will make you pass always and you dont have to do your home work.
girl: i want a streetwise two as well, oh and i dont have to do my homework(with excitment) i love you too.
teacher: but dont tell your friends because they will be jealous of us.
honestly i dont know who was dumper, the girl or the horny teacher who has relationship issues lol.

Feb 02, 2012 10:31 | 0 replies

They deserve to be locked in jail and throw away the keys..., Sex pests are pests nje, animals!

Feb 02, 2012 10:36 | 0 replies

@MommaC

Maybe we should explore i will halp you discover yourself.

Feb 02, 2012 10:36 | 0 replies

@ All the question was asked what about the people in our communities doing the same to these girls on the weekends on these tarvens or the sin of this guys is because they are the teachers. Please hear me out I am not condoning this it is wrong but I have met several school girls in the tarven and they have approched me several time for this.

Feb 02, 2012 10:43 | 0 replies

Dr.Breeze

No thank you. I don't 'do' little boys.

Feb 02, 2012 10:45 | 0 replies