EDITORIAL | Sexual predators at schools must be named and shamed
Including their names on the child protection register so they can’t work with children again is not enough
Teachers are said to be acting in loco parentis, a Latin phrase meaning “in the place of a parent”. This refers to the legal responsibility of a person to take on some of the functions and responsibilities of a parent.
Besides imparting knowledge, educators are responsible for moulding and shaping young minds. They are expected to be role models and their conduct has to be beyond reproach.
Teachers are revered and held in high esteem in many communities, but sadly some of these educators are flagrantly abusing their positions of trust by having sexual relationships with pupils. A total of 167 cases of sexual misconduct involving teachers, including 49 for sexual assault, 30 for having sexual relationships with pupils and 14 for rape were reported to the SA Council for Educators (Sace) between April 2020 and July 2021. At least 11 of the 167 cases involved female teachers preying on high school boys, which Sace describes as an emerging trend. ..