Safety plan for schools launched

2018-11-07 06:03
At the launch of the School Safety Protocol in the Northern Cape on 26 October are from the left Tshepo Pharasi (head of the Department of Education), Martha Bartlett (MEC of Education), Lebogang Motlhaping (MEC for the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison) and Lt. Gen. Risimati Shivuri (police commissioner of the Northern Cape).Photo: Lecrecia Prins

At the launch of the School Safety Protocol in the Northern Cape on 26 October are from the left Tshepo Pharasi (head of the Department of Education), Martha Bartlett (MEC of Education), Lebogang Motlhaping (MEC for the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison) and Lt. Gen. Risimati Shivuri (police commissioner of the Northern Cape).Photo: Lecrecia Prins

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“Our children do not do as we say, they do as we do. They become us when they are with each other”, said MEC Lebogang Motlhaping at the provincial launch of the School Safety Protocol on 26 October at the Gaeke Primary School in Maruping, Kuruman.

This initiative is a collaboration between the Department of Education, Transport, Safety and Liaison and the South African Police Service (SAPS).

These government departments joined hands to declare the different roles they will be playing in ensuring zero-violence in schools.

The MEC for Education, Martha Bartlett, said her department will focus on addressing elements of physical infrastructure relating to proper fencing, burglar proofing, support programmes for learners and the strengthening of partnerships with stakeholders.

The department will also establish functional school safety committees. A national school safety framework – which has already been developed – will serve as a management tool for provincial and district officials responsible for school safety.

This national strategy also addresses the prevention and management of alcohol and drug use amongst learners in schools.

Guidelines for the prevention and management of sexual violence and harassment have been developed and distributed to schools.

The Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison’s role would be to establish collaborative protocols in 556 schools in the province and link them directly to police stations.

“Schools need to have safe school committees with reporting systems on school based crime and violence.

“The department will assess and monitor the implementation of the School Safety Protocol and make it part of their work plan deliverables,” Motlhaping said.

Lt. Gen. Risimati Shivuri, police commissioner of the Northern Cape, introduced the junior police commissioner project where the police and learners will help one another to fight crime.

Sandisiwe Ndulelisa from Upington was chosen in August as the junior provincial commissioner along with her deputies.

“They must work close with the police at the schools and report all criminal activities that are taking place in all schools within reach,” said Shivuri.

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