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education blackboard thumb medium80 92News24 reports that a Cape Town mother has laid a criminal charge against one of her Grade 1 son's teachers after the boy came home with a bloodied mouth and cane marks on his back. 

The 7-year-old is alleged to have been shoved and pushed, resulting in him knocking his mouth against a desk.  He also had injuries to his back, said to have been caused by the lashes.  The child's mother, who is employed as a domestic worker, indicated that the boy was refusing to go back to the primary school in Woodstock and had been at home for almost a week.  The teacher is apparently a "remedial teacher", and not the child's class teacher.  At a meeting with the school, the mother was told that her son had shown behavioural issues and she was presented with a list of supposed transgressions.  After her severely distressed son had told her what had happened at school, the mother took him to a doctor and laid a criminal charge against the teacher.  A complaint was also been filed with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED).  Meanwhile, the mother is trying to find her son another school.  WCED spokesperson Bronagh Hammond said the matter was being investigated.  She indicated:  "Given that the teacher accused of the alleged incident is a school governing body appointee, the [department] advised that the SGB investigate the incident in terms of the Abuse No More protocol."

  • Read the full original of Tammy Petersen’s report on this story at News24

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