Pretoria - The Gauteng education department welcomed a decision by a Pretoria high school to fire a teacher who allegedly took pupils to have their penises pierced.

“No school or teacher is allowed to do that... We welcome the decision by the school governing body to fire him,” said spokesman Gershwin Chuenyane on Wednesday.

EyeWitness News reported earlier that the teacher had faced a disciplinary hearing and was notified about his dismissal last week.

The teacher reportedly took three teenage boys for piercing.

He also reportedly had his own penis pierced in front of the pupils, and gave the boys penis-shaped pasta.

The teacher was also reportedly a member of a well-known Afrikaans folk group. - Sapa