A maths teacher who was stabbed three times by a grade 11 pupil who objected to being reprimanded about his hairstyle, has failed in her bid to get compensation from her employer and the school governing body.

Rapport reports that the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) dismissed Thandi Ndala’s damages claim of R2.75m as her attack was deemed an injury on duty.

Ndala received compensation from the Compensation Fund, but argued in court that she is entitled to damages as the attack was not sustained as part of a teacher’s normal duties.

Ndala said her school governing body and the Gauteng Department of Education should have done more to protect her from the attack.

The boy from the Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa Secondary School in Winterveld, near Pretoria, also stabbed a gardener who came to Ndala's aid and then chased another teacher until fellow-learners apprehended him.

Judge Joseph Raulinga held that Ndala’s injury was an occupational injury whether or not it was the result of a criminal act.

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