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Lesufu pushes for expulsion over racist teacher at ST John College

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is expected to meet with the management at ST John’s College on Friday to discuss a decision against a teacher found guilty of racism.

Photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Simone Kley)
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi (Photo by Gallo Images / Beeld / Simone Kley)

Lesufi says he’s meeting with the school’s management to emphasize that nothing below expulsion will be acceptable.

This comes after a teacher was found guilty of impartiality over pupils based on their race in February.

According to reports the geography teacher has been issued a final written warning and has stepped down from senior positions he held at the institution. He has also received a pay cut.

In the meantime, the school says keeping him on board will start a process of settlement.

Lesufi maintains that the teacher should be burned permanently, saying teacher must not be allowed to be a teacher at any school.

“And also that they need to file with the South African Council of Educators so that that teacher must not be allowed to be a teacher again within any school in our country.”

The MEC says the school could have handled the matter better; more accidents are likely to occur again at the school.

“I really believe that this school is going to bed with racists and that school is not taking this very seriously.”

It’s understood that in one of the incidents, the geography teacher told black boys that they were doing well academically only because they sat next to white boys.