A teacher suspended for violently pushing a learner

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Tebogo Msimanga|

The Free State Department of Education says it has noted with grave concern the video circulating on social media depicting a teacher violently pushing a learner at Wessel Maree Secondary School in Odendaalsrus.

Free State MEC of Education Tate Makgoe said the teacher has been suspended with immediate effect and they are investigating the matter.

“The department condemns in the strongest possible terms, acts of violence, bullying, corporal punishment and racism in our schools”.

Makgoe said schools should be centres of learning and teaching conducive to the delivery of quality education.

MEC Makgoe has appealed for calm following the incident and called on both learners and teachers to work together. He also warned against elements who may want to use this unfortunate incident for their political mileage. “We have launched an investigation to look into this unfortunate incident. At this stage, we do not know all the details pertaining to the incident”.

He said once the investigation is complete, they will shed more light on what transpired.

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