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by Gibson Mhaka 24/05/19

TEACHERS are meant to be people that children look up to and schools are meant to be places of learning. Nyamandlovu Primary School has been hit with what has become the latest violent incident of child abuse after a Grade Seven learner developed signs of post-traumatic stress disorder after he was allegedly brutally and repeatedly assaulted on the head with a switch by his teacher as punishment for making noise. The teacher, Victoria Vambe, allegedly struck the pupil several times with a switch on the head on 25 February this year. The pupil reportedly sustained bruises on the head as a result of the assault. The boy also confirmed the incident saying the teacher in question brutally assaulted him with a switch as punishment for making noise. Muzambwe corroborated the boy’s sentiments saying the teacher had also shown no remorse for attacking his son. He said the DSI who handled the case was also not forthcoming adding that she was showing attempts to protect the teacher from facing the full wrath of the law. Vambe declined comment saying all questions pertaining to the incident should be addressed to either the DSI or Matabeleland North provincial education director. Matabeleland North deputy director responsible for primary education, Mrs Beatrice Manjere confirmed the incident but said investigations by the DSI revealed that the incident never happened. Matabeleland North provincial police spokesperson Inspector Siphiwe Makonese said she was going to find out what could have delayed the investigation of the matter.