A Courtney Selous Primary School teacher was arrested and dragged to court yesterday to answer to ill-treatment of children charges after she reportedly assaulted a six-year-old student using a cooking stick.
The suspect Virginia Nevanji, 48, was not asked to plead when she appeared before Harare magistrate Tafadzwa Miti who released her on free bail and ordered her to return to court on November 25.
Trial couldn’t commence today because there’s an outstanding probation officer’s report required during trial.
Nevanji was ordered not to interfere with State witnesses.
The court heard that on October 13, at around 10am, the complainant was in a Shona lesson but did not realise that his teacher had moved to the English lesson of the day so he continued writing his Shona exercise.
Nevanji saw the complainant writing Shona and went to his desk and started assaulting him with a cooking stick several times on his back, the court heard.
The matter came to light the next morning when the complainant’s mother was bathing him and she saw some bruises on the complainant’s back and asked him what had happened and he told her what had transpired and they made a police report.
The complainant was medically examined and a medical affidavit will be produced during trial.
Polite Chikiwa appeared for the State.
This comes a week after another teacher, Michael Chingwaru, was caged for three years for assaulting a student at his school.
However, Chingwaru escaped a custodial sentence after Harare Magistrate Judith Taruvinga suspended 18 months on condition of good behaviour.
Another 18 months were suspended on the condition he performs 630 hours of community service at the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare.
In mitigation, Chingwaru told the court through his lawyer Joshua Chirambwe that he is an engineer and an unqualified Maths teacher.