Lecturer impregnates and weds student
NHLANGANO - A lecturer at the Ngwane Teachers College has been reported to the Ministry of Education and Training after allegedly impregnating and traditionally wedding a third year student.
The student *Phindi was ‘tekaed’ before the comme-ncement of examinations last month.
Phindi’s parental home is at Mbangweni in the Shiselweni II constituency.
The institution’s admini-stration was made aware of the relationship after news of the marriage was posted on social network site, Facebook.
The lecturer’s action is against the institution’s policy, which prohibits lecturer-student relationships, according to the Principal Dr Amos Mahlalela. Dr Mahlalela confirmed that the matter had been reported to him and he in turn had reported it to the ministry.
The lecturer declined to comment on the allegations as the matter is currently being investigated by the ministry.
"I will not comment because the matter is pending at the ministry," he briefly said before walking back to his house.
Phindi equally declined to comment as yet.
"I will only talk about the matter after being summoned by the college authorities or those from the ministry and not you," she said.
Dr Mahlalela said after the matter was brought to his attention, he summoned the lecturer to state his side of the story.
He said the lecturer confessed to having an intimate relationship with the student and that she was now his wife after traditionally wedding her.
Dr Mahlalela said this was an unfortunate incident as lecturer-student relationships at the college are strictly forbidden.
"We are aware of the matter you are asking me about and the lecturer confessed to dating and marrying the student after we summoned him seeking clarity. However, we have since reported it to the ministry to assist us in investigating it as it is sensitive. As we speak officials from the ministry are the ones handling the matter and for now we have not spoken to the student," Dr Mahlalela said.
Further, he confirmed that they got to know of the relationship through Facebook adding that they even got to download some of the pictures from the wedding for their own investigations.
He said they were against such lecturer-student love relationships as they affect the institution’s operations and integrity of the lecturers as professionals.
"It is very unfortunate for a lecturer to fall in love with a student because that compromises the integrity of our jobs, our character and tarnishes the college’s reputation.
"As a college we condemn this because it has set a bad precedence. Lecturer-student relationships are also bad because the student is at the mercy of the student for progression in her/his academic work.
"Such matters can be avoided but are done deliberately just to bring us bad publicity, tension and unneeded attention," explained Dr Mahlalela adding that they are still waiting for the ministry’s findings before determining what happens from here on.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Training, Pat Muir confirmed knowledge of the matter adding that it was reported to the ministry. "This is not allowed. Lecturers are employed by the Teaching Service Commission and are guided by its act and regulations," he said.
* Their names have been deliberately withheld as the matter is still under investigation
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