Schools fall short on screening teachers

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IN light of a recent incident in Grahamstown where a teacher is being investigated for boasting on social media about having sexual relations with pupils, Talk of the Town contacted schools in Ndlambe to find out if they screened teachers before employing them in accordance, specifically, with the National Register for Sex Offenders (NRSO).

The general consensus in Ndlambe is that of contacting the references in the curriculum vitae of candidates applying for teaching positions.

MOST SCHOOLS: Sexual abuse against women and children, and sexual abuse by teachers against pupils, is a phenomenon which seems to be recurring in South Africa, however it Needs to stop.

Advocate for women and children’s rights and director of the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town, Professor Shanaaz Mathews, in collaboration with the Medical Research Council, has found that: “Child sexual abuse has a profound impact on the physical and mental health of its victims, with both immediate, as well as longer-term consequences and is of major concern,” and that “in the Eastern Cape, 39.1% of women and 16.7% of men report experiencing sexual abuse before the age of 18”.

“In South Africa, one in six of all reported chronic sexual abuse cases is a girl under the age of 12 years,” Mathews’ report states.

Full story in this week’s Talk of The Town

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