education blackboard thumb medium80 92Cape Times reports that a fresh probe into the slapping incident at Sans Souci Girls’ High School has been welcomed by the Chamber of Legal Students, which had asked the Department of Basic Education Department (DBE) to investigate verbal and physical assault of the pupil.  

The SA Council for Educators was also expected on Tuesday to hold a disciplinary hearing into Afrikaans teacher Clarissa Venter’s conduct.  The Chamber had complained to the DBE and Sace that the school principal and school governing body (SGB) were not “fair or impartial”.  Criminal charges against Venter, 34, were withdrawn at the Wynberg Magistrate's Court in August.  In a video which made headlines earlier this year, Venter was seen reprimanding the 16-year-old Grade 9 pupil for not having the correct book and for having her cellphone out in the classroom.  After a short exchange the pupil was seen getting up from her seat and shoving Venter, who in turn slapped her.  The parent took the matter to the Equality Court, where she is claiming R150,000 in damages.

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