n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Forms of educator-on-learner sexual misconduct redefined

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



The aim of this article is to redefine the forms of educator-on-learner sexual misconduct. The forms of educator-on-leaner sexual misconduct are put into context by briefly indicating the independent yet interrelated roles and functions of the police, the employer of educators and the South African Council for Educators (SACE) when dealing with such misconduct. Although the employer deals with misconduct, more unified action by the police, the employer and SACE should be promoted if we want to rid our schools of sexual predators. It is argued that unified and thus more effective action against educators who are guilty of sexual misconduct could be ensured by bringing forms of educator-on-learner sexual misconduct in line with sexual offences. By redefining and classifying the forms of educator-on-learner sexual misconduct within the framework of sexual offences and relevant law, this article contributes towards closing the gap between various interpretations of sexual offences, forms of sexual misconduct and contraventions of ethical and professional standards.

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