Basic Education Committee Concerned about Weapons in Schools

Parliament– The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education has noted with great sadness the death of an educator yesterday at a school in Zeerust in the North West, allegedly at the hands of a learner.

Committee Chairperson, Ms Nomalungelo Gina, said this incident reinforced the need for greater safety and security measures at all schools. “The committee is deeply shocked by the incident. Weapons should never find their way into schools. This should be a safe environment for both learners and educators.”

It was reported that the matter occurred after an incident on Wednesday between the two. The boy was apparently in a queue for food and was reprimanded by the teacher. He took it personally and went home only to return the next day to allegedly stab the teacher in the classroom.

Ms Gina said: “The committee would like to express its condolences to the family and friends of the deceased educator. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.”

Ms Gina further expressed her shocked at reports of an unrelated incident in which a learner from Eldorado Park Secondary School was arrested on Thursday after he allegedly pulled a gun on his teacher. It was later established it was a toy gun. It was reported that the educator reprimanded the learner on Tuesday and Wednesday for wearing a beanie to school. On Thursday the 15-year-old boy allegedly pulled the gun, that shoots pellets, on the educator.

“I cannot emphasise enough that schools are places of safety. Education is a societal issue. It is important for everyone to work together to ensure a safe place for learners to be educating in and for teachers to do their job.

“I want to appeal to parents and the community at large to help bring back the pride and safety back into our schools. Violence does not belong in schools,” said Ms Gina.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

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