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Tell Angie Motshekga to Make Our Schools Safe

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Tell Angie Motshekga to Make Our Schools Safe
Tell Angie Motshekga to Make Our Schools Safe
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3 years ago a convicted paedophile taught at a primary school in Cape Town for 3 months. In that time he sexually assaulted a 12 year old boy multiple times [1]. Because the South African Council for Educators' (SACE) teacher screening process didn’t require teachers to submit police clearance certificates, this person was allowed to teach at the school for 3 months before he was caught. The council have recently amended these regulations but are still allowing people to register and work as teachers so long as they’ve submitted proof that they’ve applied for a police clearance certificate. “You give these people provisional letters for six months but does it save children from any harm for those six months? How are we going to be sure that these people we have registered, who are probably in classrooms as we speak, are clean?” a source from the SACE asked [2]. For 6 months paedophiles, rapists and murderers could teach in schools before it’s found out they don’t have police clearance. Currently there are at least 17 000 unregistered teachers and 1127 teachers without police clearance teaching in schools.

Many parents are sending their children to schools where they think their children will be safe. But in reality neither the parents, schools nor the SACE can be sure those teaching Mzansi’s children aren’t dangerous or unsafe to be around children. This is because of the SACE’s negligence, lax regulations and vetting procedures. We all believe children should be safe from predators, so if we come together now we can force SACE to close this loophole that lets paedophiles into our schools.

Sign and join this campaign to put pressure on the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga to intervene by ensuring no teacher is allowed to register with SACE without first producing a valid police clearance certificate. All currently registered teachers with SACE must also be audited to ensure they have police clearance. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga must also implement new regulations that mean all registered teachers must reapply for police clearance certificates and submit them every year. There may be barriers to this because of delays in issuing police clearance certificates. Minister Motshekga must work with Minister of Police Bheki Cele to ensure the police clearance system is accessible, efficient and stop any situations where teachers have to wait for a long time before they can work.

[1] Vetting lapse puts pupils at risk, Bongekile Macupe for the Mail & Guardian March 2019

[2] Vetting lapse puts pupils at risk, Bongekile Macupe for the Mail & Guardian March 2019

 

Dear Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga,

"Raped at school”, a headline we never want to read again, but is a possibility because sexual predators may be using schools to access victims. This is because the South African Council of Educators (SACE) are allowing people to teach for as long as 6 months without seeing their police clearance certificate. We call on you to ensure no teacher is allowed to register with SACE without first producing a valid police clearance certificate. All currently registered teachers with SACE must be audited to ensure they have police clearance. We are also calling on you to implement new regulations that mean all registered teachers must reapply for police clearance certificates and resubmit them every year.

We trust you will hear our voice.

Will you sign?


Paedophiles, sexual predators and rapists may be teaching in schools without us knowing. If enough of us come together, we can ensure Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga intervenes by implementing regulation that will make sure all teachers are checked to make sure they're safe to teach kids. Join the campaign here to make our schools safe.