School policy questioned

2016-08-30 06:00

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Parents and residents around Kensington High School are concerned about some strategies to deal with discipline at the school.

One of the parents, who did not want to be named, says that one of her biggest concerns is the way that the school was dealing with latecomers.

“Over the past few weeks I have seen that the problem of late coming is not being dealt with in a manner that could solve the problem,” she says.

“I know that late coming is not encouraged but from my point of view it should not be handled in a manner that can cause more problems.

“What I have witnessed is that the children are locked out and in some cases they have been told to go home and this is where the problems can start.

“Many of them from out of the area, even those in the area, are going back to homes where the parents are working and they’re left to their own devices.

“There is also the chance that criminal elements will prey on them or even getting them involved in drugs and other activities.

“I have tried talking to some of the teachers who are at the gate but been told that the learner know the rules.

“I am just scared that dealing with the situation in this manner could lead to the learners dropping out of school completely.”

Another resident in the area agreed adding that the school should be paying attention to what their learners are doing beyond the boundaries of the school.

“Sometimes these latecomers end up in the parks or fields in the area where you can see them just lying around or smoking,” he says.

“I would like to know if parents are informed of the situation and what further procedures are followed.

“The other problem happens in the afternoons when school closes with so many taxis and transport arriving at the school. There should be a pick-up area inside the school to help with the traffic problems.

“During this time I have also seen fights breaking out among learners and the security at the school is not concerned because it is happening ‘outside’ of the school grounds.”

Another parent feels that these fights are as a result of increasing incidents of bullying at the school.

“There have been cases where a perpetrator was suspended, but sometimes this leads to further victimisation of the victim when he/she returns,” he says.

“I would like to know if there is a procedure in place to find the root cause of the bullying. Is there a programme in place to help the perpetrator beyond suspension?

“We just feel that if we don’t do something about all these negative symptoms it going to hamper the learning capabilities of learners at the school.

“Kensington High has always had a good reputation in the community we want them to maintain those standards for the good of their learners.”

After various attempts over the past two weeks neither the school nor the Western Cape Education Department responded to requests from People’s Post for comment.

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