LETTER: Safety begins at school

2016-11-22 06:00

In response to the article “Give schools safety training” (People’s Post, 5 November).

With the political instability in the country presently, it is of the utmost importance that teachers as well as learners are trained and informed about how to handle a emergency situation at school, and first aid should also be included in the program.

Swimming classes is another subject that comes to mind, both at private and muncipal swimming pools, as well as the sea.

If at school level learners are properly informed and trained to handle situations such as fires, drownings, and injuries due to criminal activities, the less lives will be lost.

The youth need to be instructed and trained.

What if a fire should break out at a school? Do the teachers even have an idea of how to handle these situations? How do they know if all learners are brought to safety and accounted for? Are there fire hoses and extingushers available on school property? Do they know how to use them?

How secure is your school? Are there security officers at the entrance and exit points? Do they do spot checks on people, learners and vehicles entering in on the premises?

Do learners report the presence of strangers on the school property?

Is the school grounds fenced off, preventing unwanted persons entering the school for all the wrong purposes?

We are living in a very difficult time period in South Africa, and our children need to know how to prevent and combat these situations, should the arise at anytime.

Andre Martinaglia, Kenilworth

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