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education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that as a video of a learner assaulting a teacher on school premises went viral, the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Education admitted that school violence was getting deadlier.  

The department is investigating the circumstances around the incident in Hammarsdale, outside Durban, where the educator can be seen defending himself while being assaulted by a learner with bare fists.  The incident occurred last week at Luthayi High School during mid-year exams.  Senior grade teacher in the assault video, Ajibabi Sunday, laid a charge against the 20-year-old Grade 11 learner over the weekend with the assistance of the Educators Union of SA.  He was injured in an eye and his glasses were damaged.  Sunday alleged that this wasn't his first assault at the school.  He indicated:  “I have been assaulted many times at the school.  I reported the incidents to the principal and the deputy principal before.  I think this job is not safe for me.”  Kwazi Mthethwa, KZN education spokesperson, said that once the facts surrounding the incident had been gathered, the department would decide on the future of both the teacher and the learner.  He observed:  “From the video it’s not clear who is assaulting whom.  To me it looks like they are fighting.  We are investigating the incident, and whoever will be found to be the perpetrator will be dealt with accordingly.”

  • Read the full original of the report by Sne Masuku and Tebogo Monama on this story at The Star

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