GAUTENG. – The Gauteng Department of Education says that it is very concerned about the allegations of sex abuse at Parktown Boys High School. This is after the matter was reported in the Sunday Times over the weekend.
Gauteng Department of Education’s Acting Head of Communication Oupa Bodibe says, “The Department takes allegations of sex abuse in a very serious light and will launch an investigation into the allegations.”
“The matter was not formally reported to the Department by the School. Rather, the Department became aware only after the issue became public. The failure by the school to report these serious allegations smack of an attempt to sweep them under the carpet.”
According to the Department, the investigation will also seek to determine the reason why the school failed to report the incident, and the extent of the sex abuse at the school.
“Any educator found guilty of this nature of misconduct should be dismissed, as they betray the duty to protect children under their care.
“While the Department respects the court process currently under way, it is prudent to investigate the matter to determine what further steps must be taken. Department officials will visit the school on Monday 8 May.” Bodibe concludes.