Lusikisiki pupil loses eye after beating from teacher

MAY 25, 2015

In an incident that will further intensify the debate on corporal punishment in schools, a pupil at Ndindi Primary School, in Lusikisiki, has reportedly lost his eye after he was allegedly beaten with a stick on the head by his teacher for an undisclosed offense. 

Grade 4 pupil, Sive Voyi, reportedly complained of severe headache following the beating. It was when his parents took him to a local hospital where he was transferred to Nelson Mandela Academic hospital where he was operated on and the eye was removed. 

Apparently, the school principal did not want to report the matter to the Eastern Cape Department of Education.

The mother of the learner, Nombuso Voyi, is devastated.

“I am very saddened about what happened to my child because I sent him to school to get education but now he has instead lost his sight in the hands of a person who is supposed be looking after our children. I want the department of education to compensate my child because this teacher is employed by government,” she told the SABC.

Eastern Cape Education MEC, Mandla Makupula, told the public broadcaster that the department was investigating the matter.

“Corporal punishment was abolished by the South African government long time ago. Teachers are aware of this and therefore any act of such is going against the law. I pledge to our communities that I will be sending a team of officials to investigate what really happened so that we take the necessary steps,” says Makupula.