TWO married teachers at Roman Catholic schools in Mangwe district, Empandeni and Embakwe, are set to appear before a disciplinary committee tomorrow for allegedly having sexual relations with pupils.

One of the teachers, Ntandoyenkosi Ndlovu, is said to have impregnated a Lower Sixth form pupil at Empandeni High during the first term and promised to marry her, while Embakwe Primary's Nhlanhla Nyoni is in trouble for allegedly sleeping with a Grade Six pupil who is related to his wife.

The two teachers are said to have been in love relationships with the schoolgirls at the schools where they teach.

Mangwe District Education Officer, Headman Mpofu confirmed receiving reports in connection with the two cases, but referred further questions to his superiors.

Matabeleland South Provincial Education Director, Tumisang Thabela said she could not immediately comment as she was out of her office.

"I am not within the province as I have travelled on work so I cannot confirm or deny the two incidents. However, disciplinary hearings are part of our procedure for dealing with misbehaving teachers," she said.

A Mangwe district education official who spoke on condition of anonymity claimed that Ndlovu sent the pregnant high school pupil to his rural home in Kezi where she has been for the past two months in a bid to conceal the pregnancy from school officials and his wife who stays in Bulawayo. The girl is, however, now back at her parents' home in Mangwe.

At one time, the girl's parents filed a missing person's report with the police as their daughter had disappeared for two months. The teacher was later exposed after several pupils who were close to the girl wrote anonymous letters to school officials.

After being questioned, Ndlovu admitted to having persuaded the girl to relocate to his rural home, after promising to marry her.

"The two teachers, Ndlovu and Nyoni, are up for disciplinary hearings for having improper associations with pupils. Ndlovu was involved with a Lower Sixth pupil and after impregnating her, he hid her at his rural home without the knowledge of her parents," the source alleged.

On the other hand, Nyoni allegedly took advantage of his wife's absence to sleep with her niece, a Grade Six pupil who was staying with them.

A source at the primary school said Nyoni is reported to have proposed love to his wife's niece who consented to having a sexual relationship with him.

The girl is said to have sent several nude pictures of herself using her phone to Nyoni during the time of their alleged affair.

His involvement with the primary school pupil came to light after the girl ran away from home to another teacher's home one night.

"The Grade Six girl from Embakwe Primary was staying with her aunt at Embakwe High. Nyoni's wife left her niece under her husband's care to visit her rural home and Nyoni took the opportunity to bed the girl.

"One night the girl ran away from home and hid at her teacher's house at Embakwe Primary.

She told her teacher that Nyoni was continuously having sex with her," said the source.

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