Severe lack of security at schools

2015-06-10 11:38
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Pietermaritzburg - The Department of Education has revealed, through KZN parliamentary questions, that nearly half of all provincial schools have no security personnel.

This startling find has alarmed unions and political parties and comes just a week after Vusi Ntombela, the deputy principal at Luvisi Primary School and the Speaker of the Nquthu local municipality, northern KZN, was gunned down while teaching mathematics along with 13-year-old pupil Elizabeth Nhleko.

Coincidently the parliamentary reply, signed by Education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni, was answered on June 1, a day before the school shooting.

The answers to the query by the Democratic Alliance showed that almost half of KZN’s schools don’t have any form of security, with 3 020 schools currently employing a security officer and 2 984 schools with no one in this role.

But the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) provincial secretary Nomorashiya Caluza said the lack of security is “not a new issue” and maintained they have made repeated calls since 2012 for the safety of teachers, pupils and school infrastructure to be reviewed. “Incidents like what happened in Nqutu just reinforce that our concerns are correct and justified,” said Caluza.

Caluza said she was surprised the DA only received this information now as they had earlier compiled their own dossier with made similar findings. “We have been campaigning for schools to be better resourced with adequate support staff and will continue to do.”

DA MPL Mark Steele said his party regards the lack of security at so many schools as “particularly alarming”.

“Theft is another major issue. During our oversight visits we have seen many KZN schools where perimeter fencing is non-existent, allowing easy access for criminals to help themselves to resources. In the absence of a security guard, these schools become an even greater soft target,” said Steele.

Steele said he didn’t believe this was a “case of insufficient funds” but rather the poor allocation of and spending of the department’s budget.

In Nkonyeni’s reply she said they would need additional funding of R1.2 billion to ensure every school in the province was properly secure and had one administrative clerk and one cleaner.

The Department of Education was approached for comment but did not respond by the time of going to press.

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