In recent weeks, pupil violence and violence against teachers has taken centre stage. Just last week, a popular teacher was stabbed to death, which has one tweep asking whether teachers who die at school shouldn't be given state funerals too.
The teenage boy from Zeerust, North West, was arrested after he allegedly stabbed his teacher to death.
The 17-year-old faces a murder charge after the incident that happened at the Ramotshere Technical Secondary School on Thursday, 13 September. The teacher, Gadimang Daniel Mokolobate, was in his classroom when the boy, whose identity is withheld, entered the room and stabbed him.
The Sowetan reported that the stabbing happened in view of a class that was busy writing an exam.
This sad story has led Abel Nkosinathy to ask whether teachers who die while in the line of duty should not also get a state funeral.
He then tweeted:
"If a miner dies at work that shaft is closed to scrutinize safety for possible improvements. When recently a firefighter died the whole nation was sad. When a police officer is killed ...it becomes a national outcry. Teachers are killed ....just national silence."
Abel received some interesting reactions to his tweet:
@MrThami_Qumbisa wrote: "I have read this tweet and I have understood 2 things. Firstly, it is not merely about the a “state funeral”; it’s about honoring a person who pledged his life in trying unlock opportunities for children to be better equipped in his social context. Secondly, the government should have measures in place where teachers in similar environments feel safe around “learners”. Teachers deserve more respect than they usually receive."
Others were hopeful that his tweet would be seen by those he hoped:
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