Cape Town – The South African Council for Educators (SACE) has reportedly said that the student teacher, who allegedly mocked a 15-year-old boy’s sexuality resulting in him taking his own life, might never work as a teacher again if found guilty.
Tiro Moalusi, a Grade 9 pupil, at PJ Simelane Secondary School in Soweto committed suicide a month ago after the teacher allegedly mocked him in class in front of fellow pupils for being gay.
He reportedly swallowed rat poison.
Tiro was laid to rest in Gauteng.
According to EWN, SACE said a committee will determine the teacher’s future as an educator.
“In certain instances, some student educators have had to appear for what is called the Council’s Fit to Teach committee. This is a committee that determines whether council thinks that you are fit to teach or the committee may declare that you are not fit to be employed as an educator,” the report quoted SACE’s George Moroasui as saying.
“We were called to the school on Tuesday so the department could take our statement. They did not tell us the next step or give information about the student teacher.
“We have still not seen this teacher. As a family, we are being told that the Friday Tiro died was the teacher’s last day. We don’t know if this means the teacher was done with practicals or was suspended,” Tiro’s aunt Masingita Khosa said, according to the report.
The report added that the Gauteng Education Department spokesperson Steve Mabona said the student teacher had been withdrawn from her duties.
Compiled by Betha Madhomu