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education blackboard thumb medium80 92The Star reports that a teacher lashed a pupil 55 times on her palm and the back of her right hand with a stick, fracturing bones in her arm – and then tried to argue that her dismissal had been unfair.  

Arbitration at the Education Labour Relations Council upheld the Eastern Cape education department’s decision to fire Azile Mbokhwe, who joined the teaching profession in 2016.  Mbokhwe, who taught at the Marelane Senior Secondary School in Mbizana, took the department to the council in a bid to have the decision to axe her reviewed.  She argued for a sanction similar to that of her colleague, named as Mr Magwaca, who had hit the pupil three times on her palm for failing to attend extra afternoon lessons scheduled by Mbokhwe.  He was found guilty of administering corporal punishment and suspended for three months without pay.  Mbokhwe argued for the same sanction before arbitrator Mark Hawyes, despite the fact that she was axed on the basis of being guilty of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.  Hawyes found as follows:  “It is common cause that Magwaca only administered three strokes to AM’s palm.  The facts of Magwaca’s corporal punishment and the assault of the Applicant are at odds and cannot be reconciled with the parity principle.  Thus the (department) did not act inconsistently in charging and disciplining the applicant in the way that it did.  The dismissal of the applicant, Azile Mbokhwe, was fair.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Bongani Nkosi at The Star


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