Pupil rewarded for honesty

2016-01-28 06:00
Sector manager Ronald Gounden presents the grade 1 pupil with a new school bag for his honesty.  Photo: supplied

Sector manager Ronald Gounden presents the grade 1 pupil with a new school bag for his honesty. Photo: supplied

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A GRADE 1 pupil from Victoria Primary School was presented with a new bag during a talk conducted by Tongaat SAPS as a reward for his honesty after he found and turned in R20 to the principal recently.

The presentation was made during a school talk being done by the Tongaat SAPS at the school to promote safety and ethics and good values.

Tongaat SAPS communications officer Manisha Maharaj-Marie commended the pupil for his honesty and good values.

“This is something which we all need to emulate. It may look like a small deed, but the principle of what the pupil has done is big,” said Maharaj-Marie.

Maharaj-Marie also commended the school for promoting honesty and integrity among their pupils and said these are principles which police hope to spread with the talks that they will be conducting at all schools every month.

A new programme is also being planned for schools in Tongaat where encouraging such behaviour will be part of the focus when Tongaat SAPS initiate a school adoption programme.

Maharaj-Marie explained that the programme will entail police choosing a school and working with CPF, Sector managers and Tongaat SAPS management to conduct raids, talks and educational programmes at the schools.

“We will be focusing on tackling the social issues faced by pupils, safety and security with the aim of creating a more productive learning environment for the pupils. Once this is achieved at a school we will move on to the next school,” said Maharaj-Marie.

Maharaj-Marie said another aim of this programme will be to encourage a positive relationship between the SAPS and pupils so pupils feel free to approach the police for help and guidance.

“We are here for the community - whether they are young or old - we want people to feel they can depend and trust us to assist them so we want to foster a good working relationship from a young age with the pupils,” said Maharaj-Marie.

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