Arrest loitering school children, says MEC

2011-01-14 09:14

Children found loitering during school hours in uniform need to be arrested, Mpumalanga safety and security MEC Vusi Shongwe said.

Shongwe was speaking during visits earlier this week to ES Malele and Mosipa secondary schools and the Lehlasedi and Ben Matlhosa high schools in the Bushbuckridge municipal area, department spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said in a statement today.

The department and the police would help schools by chasing children from shebeens and taverns.

Shongwe was quoted saying: “We will arrest children found in wrong places during school hours. We will also arrest those who are underage, yet they go to shebeens and taverns. Government spends a lot of money towards education while learners spend time focusing on other things not related to their studies.”

ES Malele and Ben Matlhosa were amongst the poorest performing schools last year.

Their principals claimed to the MEC the reason for their under-performance was “witchcraft”, Mabuza said.

“The principals said that the learners did not trust each other, and they believed that there are learners within the schools who are bewitching them.

“They alleged that on some of the school days, some learners collapse and get confused after recovering,” he said.

Shongwe called on teachers and parents to make sure children attend classes, and that pupils formed study groups to improve their results.

He also called for the municipality to help schools with logistical needs such as water and grass cutting equipment.

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