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Lack of respect for education resources

12 May 2016, 07:30  - Joyce.Jagaroo

THE burning of schools in Limpopo indicates the lack of respect for educational resources in our country. How can parents allow a criminal act like this to unfold?

Our institutions of learning must be considered sacred. In many countries, including South Africa, education is regarded as an apex priority. Leaders have stated that education is the only tool that can extricate people from poverty.

Communities must take ownership of their assets. Schools, community halls, sports facilities and libraries are built by the government to enhance service delivery and they must be protected.

The destruction of property, violence, chaos and mayhem have not worked anywhere in the world. It only causes pain, misery and suffering to ordinary citizens.

In Limpopo, 50 schools have been vandalised or burnt, including the furniture, records, textbooks and other resources, severely compromising the education of thousands of pupils. Such selfish acts of criminality mark a sad day for education in South Africa.

The fact that schools were burnt and vandalised needs to be questioned. Was this a well-orchestrated act of destruction or were they random acts?

Why were so many schools destroyed before the police intervened?

These criminals need to be removed from the safe haven of normal society and thrown behind prison bars.

They pose a threat to education and must be branded as a menace to a progressive democratic society.

VIJAY SURUJPAL

Phoenix

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