The Film and Publication Board (FPB) is shocked by reports that an educator unknowingly exposed learners to pornographic content whilst supervising a class at Edenglen High School in Gauteng.
The Chief Executive Officer of the FPB, Themba Wakashe reacted with disappointment saying: “As the FPB we find this kind of behavior unacceptable within schools, more-so by educators. We are pleased that the Gauteng department of education has acted swiftly in the matter and support its intention to suspend the affected educator.”
The FPB also commends the school authorities and the learners who reported this incident as more often than not, when incidents of this nature arise, some schools prioritize school reputations over doing what is correct for the schools, learners and society.
“As the FPB we have been lobbying the Department of Education to introduce issue of Cyber-Safety into the life-orientation curriculum to better prepare learners for the exposure they may experience of explicit content online” adds Themba Wakashe.
“The Department of Education must act in a manner that sends a message to all that premature exposure of children to adult content will not be tolerated in schools. Similarly, parents must ensure that they monitor their own children’s online activities and social media engagements” concluded Themba Wakashe.
The FPB will monitor action to be taken in this matter closely and will in due course engage the school in line with its ongoing programmes against child pornography to run a workshop on cybersafety and awareness.
Issued by the Film and Publication Board.
For more information or interviews, please contact Prince Mlimandlela Ndamase (Spokesperson) on 071 686 8731

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