MEC condemns school vandalism

2016-05-11 06:00

MARTHA BARTLETT,Northern Cape MEC for Education, expressed her disappointment following an act of vandalism at the William Pescod High School on Wednesday (04/05).

A press statement issued on behalf of the department confirms approximately 14 classrooms were vandalised.

“The posters were ripped from the walls, doors broken and windows smashed. Teaching and learning material were scattered all over the classrooms and school premises. There was also writting in vulgar language on the blackboards,” stated departmental spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe.

Last week the department was unable to confirm the extent of the damage and the estimated cost for repair work.

“This is unnecessary expenditure that we could have used alternatively to make a meaningful contribution towards the quality of education in the province,” said Bartlett.

“We are trying to improve education opportunities and the quality of learning and teaching in all our schools, but inappropriate behaviour like this and criminal elements in our communities are prejudicing stet these opportunities for our teachers and learners.

“Our schools are meant to be places of safety and solace to ensure an environment conducive to quality learning and teaching.”

According to Bartlett the department has made concerted efforts to safeguard and secure this school against vandalism, and a case has been opened at the police.

“A school is a community asset and everyone should help to protect our schools, as it is fundamental to the future of our children.

“As an interim arrangement, we will put security measures in place at the school premises until the school governing body has met to determine a way forward.”

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