Schools need support structures: DA

2012-05-14 14:23

Johannesburg - Gauteng schools need to put support structures in place to support troubled pupils and reduce expulsions, the DA said on Monday.

"It concerns me that the necessary preventative support structures in schools aimed at assisting troubled learners have not been put in place," Democratic Alliance MPL Khume Ramulifho said in a statement.

He said 74 children were expelled from Gauteng schools in 2011, up from 11 in 2010. So far this year, 27 had been expelled.

Ramulifho said schools needed to identify pupils in need of help before their behaviour deteriorated.

"Together with social support structures schools need to prevent this sort of behaviour before it is too late."

In a written reply to a DA question in the Gauteng legislature, the province's Education MEC Barbara Creecy said reasons for expulsions included possession, and use of, illegal substances, possession of dangerous weapons, assault, sexual assault, theft, disruptive behaviour, malicious damage to property, and bullying.

She said no support was given before an expulsion because, in terms of legislation, a child must be found guilty of misconduct before appropriate support and punitive measures could be instituted.

"In all cases of expulsion a disciplinary transfer to another school was instituted and relevant support programmes were put in place by the district education support services unit," said Creecy.

"The support programmes consist of diversion programmes for substance abuse, anger management, behavioural change and intervention programmes on life skills."

  • Gigo - 2012-05-14 14:34

    When is Zille resigning?Can't wait.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-14 14:37

      Why would she? For what?

      Peter - 2012-05-14 14:52

      When are you going to commit suicide? cant wait either

      Kala - 2012-05-14 14:56

      Sganja - I'm afraid you are going to have to wait, a long time.

      Gigo - 2012-05-14 15:08

      Pointblank,that's what she promised us and Thuli found that there was mismanagement of funds.@Peter not anytime soon in fact I won't@Kala I think when DA go to elective conference she will be replaced.

      Peter - 2012-05-14 15:13

      @Sganja - your either a troll or an idiot. You obviously dont read the news properly, Thuli has said nothing of the sort, a leaked, draft report means nothing. Go kiss up to your bleoved corrupt ANC on another forum troll

      Kala - 2012-05-14 15:15

      Sganja - You and your ilk are basing you allegations on a leaked document and not the official papers. The fact that the document was leaked is in itself at least improper

      richard.hipkin - 2012-05-14 15:19

      @Sganja, even the leaked DRAFT report showed none of what you saying. I really wish you would read more.

      Smili - 2012-05-14 16:01

      Sganja! No one cares what a ANC CONDOM COMRADE THINKS! AS I said before: You are a TROLL! You don't belong in these forums! Your opinion is not cared for! You are an Idiot! GET A JOB!

      CliveK - 2012-05-14 20:41

      More to the point: when is Zuma resigning? The whole country is waiting.

  • Kala - 2012-05-14 14:38

    Meaningful discipline is what is required at our schools. Teachers these days have no means of disciplining the kids, as such they do as they please when the please. This seriously disrupts those children who are trying to learn. This ill discipline gets carried through to their adult life and will seriously affect them in securing employment. When I was at school teachers were respected and 6 of the best was feared. Spare the Rod and spoil the child

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2012-05-14 14:47

    A schools function is to educate. Let the teachers teach. Set up seperate facilities for support programmes if there is a need. Allow those that want to learn, to learn. These delinquents take up enough of a schools time already. Schools should not be made to remedy bad parenting, lask of discipline, bad morals or just bad apples. That is a parents job. Would be interesting to find out just how badly these puplils behaved, kids are not expelled for minor infringements......

      yvette.meyer2 - 2012-05-14 15:18

      Hi Bingo - I take it you don't have children - there is more than what meets the eye! We have hug contributing socio-economic factors one being drugs. The sad reality of being a parent is that no matter how you much you nag - they will become an age and many will take the plunge into the world of drugs, some will try, some will get hooked and some will die! Our Schools, Churches & Communities play a huge role! Expelling a child without help only worsens the problem - It's cool to be the kid that was expelled he / she is the bad boy /girl that everyone want's to be like. New problems mean adjusting schools and belief's.... We can't give up on our kids they are the future of our country - it is not always bad parenting - we don't expect teachers to do our job, we expect help - I don't think that's asking too much - Do You?

  • yvette.meyer2 - 2012-05-14 15:03

    The audacity of this article - I have a son that was expelled from a Government School in Western Cape - having restrictions in the region and only one English School in the region - I wrote to the DA Minister of Education and he Mr Grant upheld the ruling. DA - look at your own province and fix and repair at home first before you venture off to tell other people how to manage their houses! We have been begging for support programmes especially with substance abuse only to get the run around from every division that is run and managed by the DA. What a cheek!

      riettevr - 2012-05-14 18:34

      Stop blaming the DA and get some help for your son. Maybe try the ANC run divisions if the DA is your biggest problem. I feel sorry that you have a son that was exposed to the bad world of drugs, but stop looking for blame.

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