In the near future, South African teachers will need a police clearance certificate in order to apply for a new job. Initiative was approved by the South African Council for Educators last year, will take effect at the end of January 2019.
The measures felt especially needed due to high numbers of sexual misconduct cases against school workers. In several institutions teacher even illegally sold drugs to young learners, as well as slept with them.
“It should be noted that the police clearance was mainly focused on people who had been convicted of sexual offences,” said Thirona Moodley, provincial chief executive of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA (Naptosa).
Most of stakeholders including teachers and parents all across the country welcomed the introduction of the new regulation, giving it positive reviews.