Children ‘laugh at teacher with nerve pains’
South Africa’s privately owned City Press newspaper is reporting on a heart-wrenching story of a 51-year-old teacher who says he is laughed at by pupils every time he is in agony due to nerve pains.
The site says Themba Dlamini is a wheelchair-bound teacher at Zakhekahle High School in Empangeni town in KwaZulu-Natal in province. The school does not have a ramp or facilities that are friendly for people with disabilities.
Mr Dlamini, who teaches mathematics, English and life sciences, is often drenched when it rains because he needs to move between the car, office and classrooms.
“I cannot help but scream and cry in class because of the pain I get. It’s like I get electrocuted. That’s because of nerve pains.
“Children laugh at me when they hear me crying and see tears rolling down my face. I cannot do this anymore. Even in class, I struggle to write on the board or move between desks to supervise pupils,” City Press quotes Dlamini as saying.
The teacher suffered spinal injuries when he was shot by unknown gunmen while on his way to school in 2009. The motive for the attack is unclear.