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saceNews24 reports that the SA Council of Educators (SACE) conceded on Sunday that it had not used the Sex Offenders Register to vet teachers in the past as it was still in the process of gaining access to it.  

One of SACE's core functions is to register teachers.  The admission came after the Democratic Alliance (DA) issued a statement saying that SACE's failure to check the register before issuing licences to teachers was against the law.  SACE spokesperson Themba Ndhlovu said it was not that simple and observed:  “For us to have access to the Sex Offenders register, we have to go through the director generals.”  He said that meetings over the matter had recently taken place, but concurred it was a "concern".  Ndhlovu went on to stress that there were already a number of processes underway to verify the suitability of teachers applying to register with the Council.  He also explained that teachers who were struck off the roll for sexual misconduct were placed on the Child Protection Register.  However, the Sex Offenders Register only included those convicted by a court.  He furthermore indicated that, when applying for registration by the council, teachers had to indicate if they had ever been charged with misconduct.  From 2019, all those applying would need to submit a police clearance certificate as well.

  • Read this report in full at News24
  • Read too, Sexual offenders may be in our schools, at News24

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