Teacher up for cracking grade 1 pupil forehead

By Taurai Maunga

An Amaveni Primary School teacher has been dragged before the courts for cracking the forehead of a grade 1 pupil aged 5 who is in her class.

The teacher Mejulia Matina (51) who is facing assault charges appeared before Kwekwe magistrate Tayengwa Sangster.

She is expected to appear in court on 28th February after being released on $50 bail.

The State led by Devine Chagombera has it that the teacher heavily assaulted the minor by pushing her on the table after she failed in a mathematics exercise.

The State has it that on the day in question the teacher gave the class a mathematics exercise in which the minor failed to carry out the teacher’s instructions.

She then held the minor by the ears and banged her head on the table.

The educator’s defence team led by Collen Maboke of Ruvengo and Company asked for the State for more time to prepare his defence.

As part of her bail conditions, Matina was asked not to interfere with the complainant and state witness (Kudzai Manunuke) and to continue residing at her address in Fitchlea.

Sangster ordered the primary school headmaster Allen Gumbo to facilitate an application for a special leave for the accused so that she won’t interfere with the complainant and the state witnesses until the finalization of the matter.

“The accused may not interfere with the complainant and the state witness. So that the complainant must feel free at school with fearing anything as well as the accused must not be tempted to talk to the complainant,” said Sangster.

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