Help returns focus to study

2015-09-08 06:00
Pupils at Pelican Park High School are introduced to the Eagle Eye neighbourhood watch and role players of People against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad). The two organisations have adopted the school to boost safety and security there.

Pupils at Pelican Park High School are introduced to the Eagle Eye neighbourhood watch and role players of People against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad). The two organisations have adopted the school to boost safety and security there.

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A plan to eradicate gang activity and drugs at Pelican Park High School has already gotten underway.

Eagle Eye neighbourhood watch and People against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad) have adopted the school so that pupils can focus on learning and teachers can teach instead of being sidetracked by outside influences.

Watch chairperson Muhammad Allie says they have partnered with the school to make it a safer environment for pupils to be taught at and to make the community safer too.

“We have started regular patrols outside the school in the morning and the afternoon to ensure pupils are disciplined and orderly. The principal has also agreed for us to have access to the school for safety and security reasons, if and when they need it,” Allie says.

He adds pupils have been receptive to them.

“We have noticed that pupils are now leaving school in an orderly fashion. Also, whereas we saw pupils walking with cigarettes in the open, they no longer do that,” Allie says.

Pagad project manager and coordinator Aslam Toefy says the organisation has realised that “drugs are sticking out its ugly head at schools”.

“Drugs have been there and teachers are finding it very difficult to deal with the issues of drugs and gangsterism in the schools. This has resulted in schools not being conducive to learning and teaching,” Toefy says.

Toefy adds that the programme, which focuses on three main aspects, has already been rolled out at Trafalgar High School.

“The principal contacted us as an organisation to assist them to eradicate drugs from the school. The school did have a drug programme, but they said it was not working because the pupils were still very unruly and they were disrupting classes. And with this, instead of teaching, teachers were running around trying to get pupils back into classes who were busy with other activities instead of attending their classes. Therefore they approached us for help,” Toefy says.

According to Toefy the programme has been running at Trafalgar for just over three weeks and they have already seen positive results.

“We came up with a model of how to assist the school and how to make it more conducive to learning. We will focus on three aspects with this programme, which includes safety and security, life skills and career guidance. This will bring stress relief to teachers and pupils will also be offered free advice and counselling from our offices,” Toefy explains.

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