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Teachers urged to refrain from dating learners

Education activist Hendrick Makaneta has cautioned teachers who date school learners to refrain from their conduct, failure to which they will be hunted down and exposed for who they are. 

Makaneta also called on Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to work around the clock to expose such teachers.

“It is not only disgusting but it is also unlawful for teachers to have sex with learners even if the learner stays in a faraway province. There is an unbecoming tendency of some teachers who think that, just because they are somewhere on holiday in a place far from their school, they are free to do whatever they want including getting into a sexual relationship with any girl that they want,” said Makaneta.

Makaneta said members of the public should report unbecoming conduct from teachers who forget that they should be role models. 

“As activists in the terrain of education, we will not be able to protect teachers who sleep with learners. It does not matter whether the learner is no longer a minor or whether the girl stays somewhere in a faraway place.” Makaneta said.

Makaneta has called on the South African Council for Educators to fasten their seatbelts and be on the lookout for teachers who targets learners for pleasure.

“Younger teachers should also be careful when they are around schoolgirls. Young teachers should not allow themselves to be enticed by schoolgirls,” he said.

He said that it is because of ill disciplined teachers who engage in sexual activities with learners that the teaching profession is now undermined.

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