GWERU – A Guinea Fowl High School English teacher who harassed a form two pupil by giving her too high marks or low marks, verbally abused her and excluded her from lessons has been given a two-month jail term or a fine of $200 after being convicted of the charges laid against her.
Thandiwe Ncube (48) appeared before Gweru Magistrate Musayiwona Shotgame and she pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Passing sentence Shotgame considered that Ncube was a first offender but he said that it will not leave out the fact that the accused is entrusted to protect the child she abused.
It is the State case that in January last year the complainant fell ill and as a result could not go to school. The mother of the complainant went to explain the situation to the teacher but Ncube allegedly failed to understand and started victimising the pupil.
Ncube insulted the complainant and told her that she will make her life miserable through unspecified means.
At times Ncube would give her lower marks, refuse to mark her school work and capture her results.
The court further heard that Ncube would withdraw the pupil from class discussions and learning groups which had a bad impact on her performance in exams.crime news