School safety committees launch

2016-02-11 06:00
 Photo: supplied Tongaat Secondary School management, Tongaat SAPS management and pupil representatives at the launch of the safety committees at the school.

Photo: supplied Tongaat Secondary School management, Tongaat SAPS management and pupil representatives at the launch of the safety committees at the school.

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TONGAAT SAPS have embarked on a new programme to create school safety committees in schools in the area to make the learning environment safer and to deal with any crime or issues that pupils face.

The committee formed at Tongaat Secondary was the first to be launched with the second launch taking place at Nkosimbomvu Secondary this week.

Tongaat SAPS communications officer, Manisha Maharaj-Marie said the committee which is a combination of SAPS, pupil representatives, School Governing Body (SGB) and school management members will focus on creating projects according to the specific needs of pupils at the school.

“Each school in every area has different needs and pupils may be facing different problems, not necessarily in schools, but in their communities and this committee will look at creating a partnership with the pupils so we can fight crime together,” said Maharaj-Marie.

“SAPS take the safety of pupils seriously and our aim is to ensure they are able to learn without any issues.”

Some of the projects will take the form of talks, educational programmes, school searches, dialogues and debates.

The initiative also aims to help pupils engage and meet the management from the SAPS through the projects while introducing pupils to the different departments in the SAPS.

Maharaj-Marie said the project is also seen as a platform to create a relationship where pupils have more confidence in the police to ensure their safety and work with them now so they will become responsible adults who will ensure community safety.

Principal Rajen Singh said the school is proud to have partnered with the police to educate pupils against criminal activity and to work together in the fight against crime.

“We have to work together in preventing crime in the community,” said Singh.

Singh said that crime affects everyone and it can’t be separated or ignored but has to be fought through partnerships in all spheres of the community whether at school, work or home.

“We appreciate that the management of the SAPS are a part of this project and have partnered with us and our pupils to create a safer community.”

At the launch of the initiative, Tongaat SAPS station commander Santha Moodley said it was important that police, pupils and the school work together to ensure schools are a crime free environment.

Other schools which will soon have committees formed include Seatides Combined School and Buffelsdale Secondary school.

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