A learner allegedly sexually harassed by two boys

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The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) says it condemns allegations of sexual harassment at schools, after recent incidents involving three Grade 8 girl learners were reported on Thursday, 8 September 2022 and Friday, 9 September 2022 at Ponelopele Oracle Secondary School in Kaalfontein, Midrand.

It is alleged that a Grade 10 boy learner sexually harassed two Grade 8 girl learners after school on Tuesday, 6 September and Wednesday, 7 September. These incidents were only reported to the principal on Thursday during learning hours.

Gauteng Education Spokesperson Steve Mabona said the school called in the parents of the victims and the perpetrator to inform them of this incident, all of whom were not aware of these allegations.

“Subsequently, on Friday, 9 September, another parent of a Grade 8 girl learner at the school reported a case of sexual harassment of her child by two Grade 10 boy learners and one Grade 11 boy learner.Psycho-social support was provided to the victims and their parents by our district officials, and disciplinary hearings have been scheduled for the perpetrators”.

Mabona added that police are investigating the circumstances surrounding these allegations.

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