saceCity Press reports that the SA Council for Educators (Sace) has called for the establishment of a single database of blacklisted teachers who have committed sex offences against pupils.  

The council has itself imposed lifetime bans on 170 teachers nationally in the past two years for sexual offences.  Its move follows a public outcry against the backdrop of the KwaZulu-Natal education department dismissing 12 teachers for sex offences against students, and the arrest of a Nquthu teacher over a video allegedly depicting him having sex with several students.  This led to Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi warning schools around the province to be careful that the suspected teacher was not employed at any of its schools.  The council said sex crimes against pupils were grossly under-reported and a single database of all blacklisted teachers of both sex offenders and those caught with fraudulent qualifications should be set up throughout the country.

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