School security ‘must be addressed’

2008-06-02 00:00

No school should operate without security, was the view of ward councillor Muntunza Mkhize, after a school in his ward was broken into over the weekend.

Mkhize said the principal at Muzi Thusi Primary in Edendale discovered the break-in accidentally when he drove past the school on Saturday morning.

Upon investigation, after seeing lights on, it was discovered that the ceiling in both the staff and administration rooms had been badly damaged and a computer stolen.

Mkhize said it is the responsibility of each school governing body to ensure the school’s wellbeing.

He said he held meetings with schools and their school representatives in his area at the beginning of the year.

“As a councillor, I have asked to participate in the sittings of the SGBs in our schools, but not every school has been able to allow that because I don’t even know the chairperson of some SGBs. We understand the [Education] department might not have money for security in every school, which is why we want to be involved and see where we can help. But don’t just call me when the damage is done.”

Mkhize asked what the school fees are being used for, if not for security.

However, these questions could not be answered as the school management refused to talk to The Witness, while by yesterday, the SGB had not even been notified of the break-in.

“No one has the power to turn the school around like the SGB. It’s not that the area is prone to violence, but you cannot expect the community to watch over the school, especially at night because people sleep, which is why SGBs have to come up with a different plan.”

Mkhize has organised a meeting with the SGB, the ward committee and political structures like the executive committee of the ANC to address this issue. Thereafter, parents will be called in.

sphumem@witness.co.za

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