A male head teacher of a school in Swaziland has been arrested and charged for allegedly beating an 18-year-old female pupil on the buttocks with a black pipe.
The Times of Swaziland reported on Tuesday (14 November 2017) that the woman who it did not name was beaten because she had not had her hair cut as instructed by the school.
In Swaziland corporal punishment is banned in schools. As an 18-year-old the woman is legally an adult.
The newspaper, the only independent daily in the kingdom, reported she was left with ‘serious injuries’ to her buttocks and hand. She attended Raleigh Fitkin Memorial (RFM) Hospital for treatment. It allegedly happened at Lozitha High School.
Corporal punishment is widely used in schools although it was banned in 2015. In October 2017 it was reported the Swaziland Government was being sued for E2.5 million (US$185,000) after a child was maimed by a teacher who was dishing out corporal punishment.
Former Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Education and Training Pat Muir told this to a workshop on ‘positive discipline’ designed to sensitise ministry officials on alternatives to corporal punishment. He also said that the Ministry of Education and Training had a number of cases in all regions of the country where teachers have been accused of assaulting pupils under the banner of corporal punishment.
As recently as September 2017 it was reported that an 11-year-old boy from Ekuphakameni Community Primary School in the outskirts of Hlatikhulu lost an eye when a cane his schoolteacher was using to illegally beat other pupils broke and splintered.
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