The Democratic Alliance has reported teachers from H S Phillips Secondary School near Elim in Limpopo to the South African Council for Educators (SACE) after pupils were allegedly forced to remove all their clothing to ensure that they were not carrying crib notes before writing their mid-year examinations.

DA provincial spokesperson for education Jacques Smalle said on Wednesday that Grade 11 and 12 boys and girls were strip-searched separately last week.

The education department in Limpopo has, however, been unable to confirm the incident.

Smalle said some learners were not wearing any underwear and suffered obvious humiliation and anxiety as a result.

“According to SACE’s teachers’ code of conduct, all teachers must respect the dignity and constitutional rights of learners, which includes the right to privacy and confidentiality,” Smalle said…