No arrests for school latecomers - dept

2012-02-13 22:38

Johannesburg - School latecomers will not be taken to the police station, but their parents will be contacted, a Gauteng education official said on Monday.

"If learners arrive late at school, they will be separated from their peers, and their parents will be called in to deal with issues of discipline. Learners won't be taken to a police station," said spokesperson Charles Phahlane.

He stressed the importance of the role parents play in making sure their children arrive at school on time to ensure they receive a full day of schooling.

Earlier, Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy visited Lavela High School in Soweto, where she said: "From tomorrow [Tuesday], anyone arriving late will be taken to the Jabulani police station.... We will then call your parents to come and collect you."

About 700 pupils and several teachers arrived late for classes at the school on Monday, when Creecy made a surprise visit.

They arrived between 30 minutes and an hour after the 07:50 bell rang.

  • Abie - 2012-02-13 23:02

    This is February, not April....but maybe these latecomers should be taken to the police station.

      Max - 2012-02-14 07:41

      The similarity between an April fools joke and an ANC fool being serious is that both are funny and neither is taken seriuosly.

      Mhlophe - 2012-02-15 09:37

      At least the bell ringer was on time...

  • Blip - 2012-02-13 23:30

    So, how many parents are actually contactable? And how many care about their kids' tardiness? And how many will bother coming to fetch them? And how many more crimes will happen because the cops are too busy forever ferrying suspected truants to the holding pen or police station? How safe and secure is this holding facility and is it really big enough to hold many thousands of truants? And, seeing as schooling isn't compulsory after Grade 8, couldn't detaining senior secondary students against their will be legally tantamount to kidnapping/abduction? Someone hasn't thought this hare-brained scheme through. And, where are all the paid truancy-officers whose full-time job it is to deal with truants and truancy?

      danie.theron - 2012-02-14 08:35

      And how long is it going to take to make 700 phone calls, and how much is it going to cost...... ?

  • gelukkies - 2012-02-14 01:14

    Can you imagine taking off from work to go get your child at the police imagine the various types of jobs and the consequences of walking off the job! Sound like this MEC missed out on a lot of education!

      tbooze - 2012-02-14 07:18

      Its your child , so you responsible for it to get to school on time, maybe it will serve you as a lesson to drop off that brat of yours and that's the least you can do to help the teacher

      Schmee - 2012-02-14 09:42

      tbooze 90% of the pupils at that school catch a taxi to school as do their parents to get to work if they are lucky enough to have a job.

  • Sipho - 2012-02-14 02:21

    Take the lerners to da parents. even if they is 25yrs old, they can stil get hidings. good displine starts at home.

      tbooze - 2012-02-14 07:56

      That's useless because parents forget their responsibility as a parent, some how they expect teachers to do their jobs as parents .all they ever do is to complain on what teachers do wrong...........discipline start at home

  • jacques.vermaak - 2012-02-14 03:48


  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-14 05:27

    and you see again reporting speculation only to come back and eat ones words... Maybe GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME NEWS 24

  • Mahesh - 2012-02-14 05:40

    lets go back to the good old days when we should get punished at school and at home when we messed up at school :)

      Sharon - 2012-02-14 07:29

      Does anyone remember the "Lammervanger"? When we were small and didn't want to go to school, we were told that he will come to our house and take us to school in our pyjamas! Seriously, I have seen schoolchildren saunter to school as late as 9:30. Its a disgrace.

  • Takunda - 2012-02-14 05:54

    700 pupils late for school as well as several teachers? thats really bad i gotta say! but to involve police in this is going way too far. let the police do real police work and protect kids from predators, crime and all elements of society that plan to hinder kids from receive a good education. school officials should be working with students at school, helping them with problems they might be having in school and partly at home too. if a student is late, first and formost find out why they were late, there could various issues! how ever focus should be placed on helping students succeed, solving problem poverty, family problems,transportation problems, social problems in the community as a whole. we have to remember these kids r leaders of tomorrow and every effort should be placed to assist them to be responsible leaders. having to yield a stick or intimidate them with force or the police is not solving the problem, just making it worse. these r kids after all, so much they have to go through, so much pressure from all spheres of life, lets be allies of these kids and offer assistance. for example, a fundraiser for purchasing a bus to collect kids from close proximities of their place of residence, more resources allocated to schools to help kids pass their classes and help them make the most of their time at school etc. barbara creecy should be focused on helping these kids and dealing with problems that affect their learning abilities instead of being counterproductive!

      Blip - 2012-02-14 07:15

      There are 700 latecomers from ONE school --- how many hours do you think it will take a small team of interviewers to find out and to record WHY each of them was late? And to separate out those who have legitimate reasons for lateness from those who really (yawn, whatever) just couldn't be bothered pitching on time? And then to actually set in place an individualised remedial programme for every one to cure their issues? Now do this 700 times over and that covers just one school for one day. Then know there are 500 more schools to go and 200 more days in the school year...

  • Ian - 2012-02-14 05:58

    ffs, make up your freaking mind, maybe you anc clowns will do both, yes they will be taken to the police station and they wont, what a circus

  • Ian - 2012-02-14 05:59

    700 pupils arrived late, already a 700% failure rate in these sub standard schools, it seems

  • Kim - 2012-02-14 06:06

    SA has a high crime rate, so why must the cops now foot around school kids and educators? Where are the school inspectors. Who are going to take these idiots to the police station to call their mommies? This is so ANC. Zero thought into this once again. Creesy, sought your own department out and let the cops deal with real crime.

      Blip - 2012-02-14 07:18

      School inspectors are there to check on the performance of teachers, not those of pupils. And certainly not of pupils who aren't even there!

  • Deon - 2012-02-14 07:33

    Police, what police? They can't even do their "normal" duty, and this excludes robbing banks.

  • Feath - 2012-02-14 07:47

    Just as I thought, finally, someone is making a stand against the lack of discipline, they then fold and offer a slap on the wrist instead. It is time pupils and parents took a bit of responsibility for their actions. Why not take them to the police station, it would only take once for those parents to have to fetch their children to instill some discipline. As for the teachers - threaten them with having to find alternative employment!

  • Riku - 2012-02-14 07:57

    Biggest load of crap I have ever seen. Seriously...the teachers coming an hour late and they have jobs, and they all happy and the children suffer. State paid schools there is no consequence. public schools that get no funding from state have no problems with this kind of nonsense. if the teacher doesn't come to work on time they get fired. The biggest load of kuk I have ever heard of. Police the criminals you idiots.

      PB - 2012-02-14 08:27

      I was surprised to read the article and go through 23 posts before anyone mentioned the tardy teachers and what is to happen about their actions. This is once again an example of how the labour law is screwing our country. Why can't these idiots be fired on the spot for buggering up yet another generation of school kids' education? The whole teaching profession has to suffer under the actions of these lax teachers. Let's not waste everyones time - just have a 3 stroke system in place - clock in more than 30 minutes late without a valid excuse 3 times and you are fired. Finish en klaar

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-14 08:11

    Lock them up the school kids. It will keep them safe from all the criminals that aren't .

  • pieter.haasbroek - 2012-02-14 09:37

    I can only shake my head at Barbara Creecy's comments. Here we have a government that dictates to parents what punishment may and may not be dished out; no corporal punishment is allowed yet Creecy publicly abuses pupils psychologically by putting the fear of the police in them? So physical abuse is a no-no but mental abuse is OK? Is the police a service to be scared of? If so, something is very wrong in RSA. If not; why is Creecy trying her damnest to create an image of a service to be feared in the minds of pupils? SAPS should be a body to be trusted and not to be scared of. With a mindset like that I can understand why Gauteng education (like just about everywhere else in RSA) is no longer serious "education". With pass percentage requirements spiralling lower and lower in a futile attempt to demonstrate education is improving it may be time for MECs who do not pamper to party smoke-and-mirrors policy to take the reins.

  • margaret.mead1 - 2012-02-14 10:08

    This lateness at school (both pupils and teachers) is a problem. It's a culture of slackness in many cases, but of course not all. The comments below the article are pretty much a negative way of dealing with lateness. How about a positive way - what if there was an incentive for coming early? What about something that's such fun that kids have to be early for school to participate? Instead of "don't be late", rather "why not be here early"? After all 'the early bird catches the worm'.

  • Tammy - 2012-02-14 10:47

    why bother? it is easier to buy an education these days

  • Pur - 2012-02-14 17:30

    When I was at school you got caned for being late. Guess what - everybody somehow managed to get to school on time.

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