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The Worrying Incidents of Violence in Our Schools

14 September 2018

The ANC Study Group on Basic Education is deeply saddened by the passing of an educator who was stabbed to death by a learner in Zeerust in the North West, on Thursday, 13 September 2018. This incident comes after another violent incident in Eldorado Park Secondary School, Johannesburg, where a grade 8 pupil pulled a gun on a teacher.

As the ANC structure responsible for oversight in the Basic Education Sector, we are very concerned about the surge of violence that seems to be on the rise in our schools. This reemphasises the need to re-evaluate safety and security measures in our schools. Schools have generally implemented physical safety interventions such as the installation of burglar bars on doors and windows, having a close relationship with the nearest police station, hiring of security guards, and erecting walls and fences. Although these interventions have been put in place, it is of equal importance to focus on non-physical violence reduction measures targeted at learners and teachers.

Our schools are meant to be safe havens for both the learner and the teacher, where learning and development takes place. The education of our learners is a societal issue and needs parents and communities to play a central role in instilling a sense of right and wrong in our children. We reiterate the importance of parent involvement, the reintroduction of school guidance counsellors and other crucial interventions aimed at modifying and managing learner behaviour.

The African National Congress sends its condolences to the family, friends and learners of the deceased educator. Our thoughts are with them during this very difficult time.

Issued by the Chairperson of the Study Group on Basic Education, Nomalungelo Gina.

Nonceba Mhlauli

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