The KwaZulu-Natal Education Department has called for increased police visibility in school premises following a spate of violence related incident between teachers and learners.
“Things like killings and attacks on our teachers and learners are happening. He [KZN education MEC Kwazi Mshengu] is also speaking to his counterparts in the province and the premier is also speaking to ministers who are responsible for security cluster in this regard,” said the department’s Muzi Mahlambi.
Just last week, a teacher was killed at Masuku Primary School in Durban, the same week a learner stabbed a fellow schoolmate to death in a gang related incident.
Educators’ Union of South Africa called for the teachers to be armed on school property, a move described as reckless by the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu).
Sadtu’s Mugwena Maluleke said the solution to the increasing number of incidents in schools is ton persuade learner to value life and respect education.
“Then tomorrow someone is going to be saying the learners must be armed or the communities must be armed,” said Maluleke. “So, we’ll be arming ourselves against each other. The only solution we need to do is to use the power of education to make sure that our learners have and our communities to respect education and life.”
Undercover police are said to be deployed at Forest High School in, Johannesburg this week following the death of a pupil during a school fight.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.