Teachers Union condemns teacher-pupil sexual relations

Mabumba High day school,
Many children live a long way from school and prefer to rent accommodation nearby. Grade 12 pupil Dorcas, 17, stopped attending the Mabumba High day school, about 20km east of provincial capital Mansa, after becoming pregnant. She said: “We were staying the three of us [girls], then we started sharing the house with three guys and that is how we paired ourselves. We just wanted some form of emotional support; life is really tough out there. So, the whole of last year we were living together with the guys and would have [unprotected] sex almost every night but everything was OK.” ~ Dorcas. Photo Credit - Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)
The Secondary School Teachers Union of Zambia (SESTUZ) has condemned teachers in the habit of having sexual relations with pupils.

SESTUZ Deputy Secretary General Emmanuel Zulu has told Qfm in an interview that teachers are supposed to be role models to children.

Mr Zulu says it is worrying teachers are the ones involved in sexual relationships with pupils who they are expected to protect.

Mr. Zulu says apart from disturbing the girl’s progress in school, sexual relationships between teachers and pupils also eludes the confidence that children have in teachers and the children begin to lose respect for their teachers.

He states that teachers should be more responsible in instilling discipline and good morals in their pupils by playing the role of parents instead of abusing them.

Mr. Zulu states that SESTUZ strongly condemns the acts of sexual abuse on pupils by teachers and that necessary punishment under the law should be meted out on the culprits.

He has further appealed to the teachers to conduct themselves in a respectful manner and desist from such habits so as to protect the teaching profession.



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