Educators Union: Teachers have no choice but to arm themselves

Educators Union: Teachers have no choice but to arm themselves

The Educators Union of SA has said that the government's failure to guarantee teachers' safety at school has forced them to arm themselves. This comes in reaction to the murder of an educator at a KwaZulu-Natal primary school.

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The Educators Union of South Africa has said that teachers have had no option but to arm themselves as violence in schools escalates.

General Secretary Siphiwe Mpungose says that while teachers did not want to advocate violence, their hands were tied:

“We are saying enough is enough; if they have to protect themselves, let it be. The teacher who was gunned down yesterday was shot at and tried to run. If he had a gun, he was going to shoot at them, and they were going to run away.”

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The Department of Education disapproves, saying that violence in schools would only escalate if teachers took up arms. Spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga commented that it is important for parents to take responsibility for their children and raise them properly.

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says that he was stunned to hear that 13 pupils were waiting on court appearances for various crimes in the region, reports Eyewitness News.

Lesufi said that department was looking into amending their policy in order to take action against those who were charged:

“So, we are now moving with amendments in terms of learner discipline to include regulations that force all learners who appear in court to declare to the department if they are appearing in court so that the department can take appropriate steps against them.”

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