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The Mpumalanga department of education is investigating claims that babies born to 34 schoolgirls at LaMbalati Secondary School in the Tonga area were fathered by teachers.
The 34 girls fell pregnant at the school this year, but it has not been confirmed that the teachers were the fathers, according to the department.
A big number of schoolgirls fell pregnant at several schools across the country this year.
Masisebenze Secondary School in Tembisa, Gauteng, had 100 pregnant girls in September alone.
The Mpumalanga education department sprang into action after receiving an anonymous letter from a pupil at LaMbalati, which claims that teachers were having a field day with girls.
The whistle-blower also accused teachers of harassing schoolgirls.
"It is bad enough when a pupil falls pregnant, but even worse when she is impregnated by her teacher," the department said yesterday.
The scandal was laid bare in a letter to the head of the province's education department, Raymond Tywakadi.
The pupil, who wrote the letter anonymously, alleged that teachers and pupils at LaMbalati were "bonking like rabbits" and that she could no longer stand by and watch her friends being abused.
The pupil also claimed that girls agreed to sex with the teachers so they could pass at the end of the year.
"We raised the issue that teachers have affairs with pupils and some have children with them. We are also concerned that the teachers are transmitting HIV-Aids to the pupils as some of them [teachers] have died of the disease," reads the letter.
"Some friends raised the issue with the authorities of the school, but nothing was done," the letter stated.
Department spokesman Hlahla Ngwenya told Sowetan yesterday that girls who were being sexually abused by teachers were encouraged to alert the department anonymously.
"We visited the school last week after receiving the letter but none of the pupils were willing to come forward," said Ngwenya.
"The author of the letter also failed to come forward."
He said there appeared to be more girls than boys who passed at the school.
The department revealed last week that more than 1000 girls had fallen pregnant in the past 10 months in Nelspruit.
According to statistics gathered in Ehlanzeni district, 994 girls at 110 high schools and 58 from primary schools fell pregnant from January to October.