School Safety Under the Spotlight Following 2 Violent Incidents in Gauteng Schools: “Disgusting Behaviour”

School Safety Under the Spotlight Following 2 Violent Incidents in Gauteng Schools: “Disgusting Behaviour”

  • The Governing Body Foundation (GBF) has condemned recent violent incidents at Gauteng schools
  • The foundation believes that psychological support and new disciplinary measures are needed for learners
  • The Gauteng Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Community Safety will conduct a study on school safety

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GAUTENG - The Governing Body Foundation (GBF) believes that new disciplinary measures are needed in schools following two violent incidents that rocked the country.

The safety of learners in schools has come under the spotlight following two violent incidents. Image: Luca Sola
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Two Gauteng schools came under the spotlight after videos of horrific and violent incidents were shared on social media. In one incident, a Grade 10 boy was stabbed to death, and in the other, a Grade 10 girl was physically assaulted.

Both incidents raised alarm bells on social media with many calling for urgent intervention. The foundation believes that psychological support is needed for learners throughout the year.

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CEO of GBF Anthea Cereseto told EWN that schools need psychologists and social workers to offer professional support. She said while it would mean a loss of teaching posts, this is one of the best solutions to tackle the issue of school violence.

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Provincial government condemns violence in schools

The Gauteng Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Community Safety condemned the fatal stabbing of the Grade 10 learner from Geluksdal Secondary School. The committee is awaiting a comprehensive report regarding the events that led up to the killing.

An intervention study to assess the effectiveness of school safety is being considered to tackle crime in the province. Part of the study will include establishing if schools have a safety plan in place.

Citizens react to violent incidents in Gauteng schools

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Mary Hendricks said:

“Our schools are becoming a gangland and our kids are victims to their environment.”

Erica Gohre commented:

“Disgusting behaviour.”

Pamela Dlamini posted:

“Now the schools are no longer a place of learning but a place of gangsterism.”

Bill Daniels wrote:

“Bring corporal punishment back.”

Brian Ferreira added:

“About 30 years too late. Our glorious leaders can't even spell 'discipline'.”

Gauteng education MEC visits Geluksdal Secondary School after Grade 10 learner stabbed to death

Briefly News also reported that Gauteng education MEC Matome Chiloane is visiting Geluksdal Secondary School on Friday, 3 February, after a violent incident left one dead.

A Grade 10 learner was stabbed to death allegedly by a group of boys outside Geluksdal Secondary School, sparking outrage on social media.

The fight is believed to have started during school hours when three learners used pepper spray on others. Eight learners managed to fend the three off, but they came back.

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