KZN education department suspends two teachers for sexual misconduct

The KwaZulu-Natal education department has suspended two teachers allegedly engaging in a romantic relationship with a pupil, TimesLive reports.

This is after one of the teachers at the high school in Umlazi was caught kissing the learner at the school's premises.

KZN education department cracks the whip

The publication reports that the pupil revealed that she was in a relationship with two teachers at the school.

Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu said the department had a "zero tolerance" policy regarding such conduct.

"We have always said that the vast majority of our educators are consummate professionals who are committed to the teaching profession, but there are those who are still hell-bent to tarnish the image of the otherwise noble profession," he said.

Sexual misconduct plagues department 

This comes after a little over a week after the same education department launched a probe looking into allegations of a teacher making sexual advances to pupils.

The Grade 11 science teacher, who works at a high school in Durban, was suspended after a pupil alerted her parents that he had been making inappropriate comments about learners' bodies.

Mshengu vowed that tough action would be taken against breaching the Code of Conduct.

"We call on all our teachers to respect the code of conduct of educators, treat pupils as their own children and protect them from any form of abuse. Last year alone, the department fired seven teachers who were found guilty of sexual misconduct," said Mshengu.

A principal at the same school has also landed in hot water for allegedly not doing anything about the allegations of sexual misconduct against the teacher.

In a letter sent out by the school's deputy principal, the school said it was doing everything possible to get to the bottom of the matter.

"All implicated parties have been suspended pending an investigation and, rest assured, we will leave no stone unturned. We are pleading for patience on the part of parents and pupils while the SGB and the Department of Education finalise their investigations," the deputy principal said.