The South African government is willing to form safety committees at schools, which would further protect children as well as school staff from violence inside institutions.
The suggestion to create such body was voiced by Deputy Education Minister Enver Surty during a sitting in Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Education held on Tuesday.
According to Surty, serious cooperation between schools and police is strongly required as more and more incidents take place in classes. This includes assaults (either sexual or not), drug and alcohol dealing.
The recent cases have demonstrated the need for that initiative. For instance, a female learner from Sans Souci Girls High School was slapped by her teacher. An investigation over the incident got underway, after the video of the conflict had become viral. According to the latest reports, the educator would face disciplinary action because of her behavior.