Schools’ safety programme launched

2017-05-26 06:00
Photo: suppliedPolice march at the event.

Photo: suppliedPolice march at the event.

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ILL-DISCIPLINE of pupils was in the spotlight at the official launch of schools’ safety programme in Zamokuhle Junior Secondary in Maluti on Tuesday.

The event was attended by SAPS and officials from Department of Education. Incidents of pupils carrying knives and stabbing each other on school premises resulted in government launching the programme and is expected to go to other schools in the area.   

SAPS spokesperson Captain Raphael Motloung said police will patrol schools and search pupils for weapons. He said six schools have been identified in the programme.

“We want pupils to retain discipline and respect their teachers,” said Motloung.

Lungelo Mthatyana, the Maluti district director from Department of Education said the programme is going to bring dignity on school premises.
“Many pupils in some schools bring dangerous weapons to school and as result teachers are scared to maintain discipline. Some pupils are even used to transport drugs by drug dealers during school hours,” said Mthatyana.

He said the police intervention is going to bring peace to many schools especially in the townships.
Pupils and teachers welcomed the initiative. Drums were donated by SAPS for pupils. Police also marched at the event to show how disciplined they so pupils can learn from them.



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