Teacher accused of racism found not guilty

A Fish Hoek High School teacher accused of racism has been found not guilty.

A former Fish Hoek High School teacher who was suspended amid allegations of racism has been found not guilty by an “external legal practice”, says the school governing body.

The teacher was suspended in May, pending an investigation by the law firm, after pupils alleged that she had used the K-word and the N-word in class.

At the time, the school released a statement in which it acknowledged that “it had fallen short of its school’s values and needed to do more to uphold the dignity and equality of all at the school” (“Teacher suspended over racism claim,” Echo June 2).

The school involved the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) “to assist with dealing with the particular incident as well as broader issues with a multi-skilled team”.

At the time, the school governing body chairwoman Nicky Attenborough said provision had been made for other teachers to take over the accused teacher’s classes.

A source, who asked not to be named as he knows the teacher in question, said she had resigned from the school before the incident.

Fish Hoek High School principal Steven Joubert and Ms Attenborough confirmed that the teacher in question had been found not guilty. Ms Attenborough declined to confirm whether the teacher had resigned, saying it “was an internal matter”.

No public statement was issued by the school.

Kerry Mauchline, spokesperson to Education MEC David Maynier, said she could confirm that the teacher had resigned.