PRETORIA, South African President Jacob Zuma has warned that the government will take action against any teacher who breaks the law and beats children at school.
Addressing the National Teaching Awards ceremony over the weekend at Midrand, near Johannesburg, President Zuma said it was shocking that regardless of outlawing corporal punishment in schools, there were still cases where pupils had been severely beaten by teachers.
We condemn the beating of children in schools. It is unlawful and action will be taken against teachers who break the law and violate the dignity and personal safety of children, said the president.
He also encouraged all stakeholders in the education sector to work together in eliminating teenage pregnancies, crime in schools, drug and alcohol abuse. We must not give up and must continue working together to eliminate these social ills and protect our children," he stressed. Let us continue to guide them and lead them on the right path, working with them. We must build a better future for our children together.
President Zuma expressed his appreciation to all stakeholders in the education sector, saying they contributed immensely to providing meaningful and quality education in the sector.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK