- Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the fact that 151 pupils have been expelled for bad behaviour since last January is embarrassing
- He says that parents need to understand that the education doesn't replace their role in children's lives and they need to take action
- Lesufi says Gauteng is looking into a rehabilitation programme for children who commit offenses against teachers and classmates
To date, 151 pupils have been expelled from schools, a number that Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said is not only embarrassing and shocking, but is also driving good teachers away from public schools.
31 of those pupils have been expelled for offences that involved the assault of teachers or classmates.
"What unfortunately harmed the education system is that when you expel one learner from one school you are compelled by law to place that learner in another school," Lesufi said.
Briefly.co.za learned Lesufi added that the problem with parents is that they think the education system replaces their role in disciplining their children.
Lesufi said that parents cannot denote their responsibility for their children onto schools, and they needed to take an active role in deciding how best to deal with the problem.
The Gauteng government is investigating the creation of rehabilitation centres for students, where they will be rehabilitated off drugs, or given anger management therapy before re-entering the school system.
Lesufi called on parents to step up and take an active role in standing up for learners and working with government and schools to solve the problem.
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