Teachers from H.S. Phillips Secondary School could face serious consequences after reports have emerged of violations made to the privacy of grade 11 and 12 learners during the examination period.
According to some sources the teachers requested that learners remove their clothing and be subjected to searches to prevent the use of crib notes or cheat sheets once in the examination venue.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has spoken out against these accusations saying it will request the South African Council for Educators (SACE) to intervene and investigate the claims.
“The DA believes that the teachers involved violated their code through this despicable and archaic conduct and that the incident needs to be investigated urgently”, read the statement by the DA’s provincial spokesperson Jacques Smalle.
This incident has highlighted a need for reform in the policies of many schools, with a greater regulatory role to be played by national and provincial education departments.