Father arrested for allegedly raping his 20-month-old daughter
The girl ran back home to fetch her mask, as she does not live too far from the school.
When she arrived back at school, she reported that she had been raped. The principal took her to the clinic and the matter was reported to the police, the department said in a statement on Tuesday.
KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu condemned the incident, saying it was a barbaric and painful act.
"As a department we are giving the learner the socio-psychological support and we condemn this barbaric and painful act by the perpetrator and are working with police to have him apprehended," Mshengu said.
He asked parents to ensure their children are wearing masks when they leave home at all times not only for compliance at school but for their safety.
No arrests have been made.