Reshaping the culture of schools

2017-08-25 06:00

SCHOOLS are supposed be places of learning not places where there are drugs and gangsterism. This is according to Cedric Mseleku, circuit manager of Department of Education in Kokstad when he spoke to Fever about the drug problem in some Kokstad schools.

“If schools are experiencing drug abuse problems by pupils they must report this to police so they can deal with this kind of behaviour because it is unacceptable.
“A school is a place to shape the future of children, not a place for children to use drugs.”
In a meeting attended by Greater Kokstad Municipality Speaker Zolani Mhlongo, councillors and municipal officials in Shayamoya recently, it was reported that some pupils from Carl Malcomess and Shayamoya High are involved in drugs and group fighting after school, which is worrying.

Mhlongo said the municipality is organising a meeting with stakeholders and parents to reshape the culture of schools and address school challenges.
“We were told that pupils from Bhongweniare fighting against pupils who live in Shayamoyaand the issue has moved to their schools where they now fight. We want to intervene as the municipality before the problem escalates,” said Mhlongo.

He called on parents to be curious about what is happening in schools.
“Parent involvement in schools can make them better places than what we see these days,” he said.

Last year, parents and the school governing body of Carl Malcomess High started a programme that entailed searching pupils’ bags for dangerous weapons and knives. The programme is no longer active.




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