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education90Cape Argus reports that 222 Western Cape teachers have been found guilty of meting out corporal punishment to pupils over a period of a year, statistics provided by the provincial Education Department (WCED) have revealed.  

Although corporal punishment is illegal, 501 allegations of such punishment were reported to the WCED during the 2015/16 financial year.  Spokesman Paddy Attwell advised that there were no grounds to press charges in 205 cases, while while 74 cases were still pending as at 31 March.  Asked what sanctions teachers could face if found guilty of meting out corporal punishment, Attwell indicated:  “Final written warning, coupled with a fine or suspension, and dismissal in serious cases of assault”.  According to Attwell, Western Cape had the lowest incidence of corporal punishment in the country according to Stats SA figures for six provinces for the period 2009 to 2012.  Last month, the Congress of SA Students called for a shutdown of Western Cape schools on 22 July, and said one of its main grievances was that teachers in the province were using corporal punishment.

  • Read this report by Ilse Fredericks in full at Cape Argus

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