Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi. Picture: Lindi Masinga/ANA

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WATCH: MEC Lesufi visits Gauteng primary school over video of a learner insulting a teacher that went viral

JOHANNESBURG, December 6 – The Gauteng MEC of Education Panyaza Lesufi visited Lewisham Primary School on Thursday over a video of a learner insulting a teacher that went viral five months ago.

“This is to confirm that the incident seen on video that went viral, depicting a learner spewing insults towards his educator occurred 5 months ago,” the department said.

The department said the grade seven learner was at the time suspended and taken through a disciplinary process, which recommended an expulsion while a process to interact with the child’s parents was started.

The GDE said Lesufi appointed an inter-departmental assessment team, comprising officials from GW District, the department of social development, pyscho-social unit, inclusion and special schools and education support.

The task team was conducting an assessment focusing on the wellbeing of the learner, his academic progress and would identify a relevant school for him, the department said.

The GDE said the appointed team had to provide a report with appropriate recommendations to the MEC on Tuesday, 11 December for necessary action.

“It is really unfortunate and regrettable what happened. However my concern is the wellbeing of the child and his future,” Lesufi said.

The department condemned the behaviour of the learner and said they had a zero-tolerance stance on all forms of misconduct.

“We urge learners to refrain from any acts of misdemeanour.” (ANA)

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