DA calls for the establishment of a National Register for Sex Offenders for teachers

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Tebogo Msimanga|

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng is calling for the establishment of a National Register for Sex Offenders for teachers to protect learners against ‘sex pests’.

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education Khume Ramulifho said it has now become a norm, particularly for teachers who have been dismissed from public schools for either sexual assault, sexual harassment, or rape, to go and seek employment from private schools.

“In a recent incident, the private John Martin Catholic School in Kagiso appointed an acting principal who was dismissed by the Gauteng Department of Education in 2014 for sexually assaulting and harassing learners at another school.”

Ramulifho said in most cases, some private schools do not have any mechanisms in place to check the employment history of their candidates, resulting in the lives of learners being put at risk.

He added that the existing National Register for Sex Offenders (NRSO) was established by an Act of Parliament in 2007 “ but is kept confidential”.

“The National Register for Sex Offenders for teachers should be made public for both public and private schools to have access, including the parents, to protect their children against sexual predators.”

Ramulifho said this register will ensure that those teachers who have been dismissed for sexually-related cases are blacklisted.

“The DA will continue to put pressure on the ANC-led government to consider establishing a National Register for Sex Offenders for teachers to ensure the safety of learners at schools.” Explained Ramulifho.

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