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Teachers accused of sexual harassment [“assédio sexual”] of students at the Eduardo Mondlane High School [Escola Secundária Eduardo Mondlane] in Maputo are being transferred to other educational institutions after completing their two-month suspension, Notícias reports.
The 83 girl students who submitted the complaint[s] “are thus free from possible reprisals from the teachers, who, in principle, would have gone back to teaching them again”, adds the same source.
Josina Muchanga, head of the Human Resources Department of the KaMavota District Education Directorate, explains that the teachers are expected to “seize the opportunity to repent for what they did and not make the same mistakes again, subject to expulsion,” reads the report.
One of the teachers involved challenged the district directorate over his transfer but was told there was no alternative to following orders.
“The teacher came to dispute his transfer but failed because, in the circumstances, he can be placed where the district direction sees fit. Being involved in a case like this leaves no room for manoeuvre,” district director Lucrecia Macamo said.
English, Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry teachers at both first and second levels (respectively: grades 8, 9 and 10; grades 11 and 12) have been involved in sexual harassment cases. One of the teachers has been re-assigned to Solidariedade Secondary School in Mavalane, and another to Triunfo. The others are still waiting for the placement.
“We are still waiting for the city’s Inspectorate’s final report, which is accompanied by the measures to be taken in each case. We cannot move forward with the future of these teachers until then, but I reiterate that they should seize this opportunity to change their behaviour, for their own sake,” Muchanga said, cited by Notícias.
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