Help stop abuse at schools: Creecy

2012-07-03 14:33
Barbara Creecy (File, Sapa)

Barbara Creecy (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy on Tuesday appealed to youth organisations to help eradicate drug and alcohol abuse, and rape at Soweto schools.

She was speaking at the Soweto Learner Summit, in Soweto, where NGOs, pupils, teachers, unions and the business sector met to find ways of improving schooling in the sprawling township.

"We held the same summit last year, and this year we sat and thought what we should do? We realised that all problems cannot be tackled without your help as youngsters. We need your help. Alcohol and drugs are destroying your future.... How can you help us bring this to an end?"

Creecy said pupils had become sophisticated, and that these days bullying was done via text messages.

"These days you get an anonymous SMS from a bully. They do not do it as it was in the olden days when it was physical and confrontational."

Creecy said even though the law allowed a girl to go back to school after giving birth, some stayed away indefinitely.

She said last year's summit had resulted in improved safety at schools, where patrollers were now stationed, and in catch-up programmes started by school governing bodies and principals.
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