John Pama Primary School in Nyanga East is under siege.
Burglars seem to use the school as they playground; Two days after a robbery in which the doors were removed and the burglar bars were ripped apart, on Wednesday, the staff and pupils of the school arrived yet to another act of criminality.
The staff arrived to find two Grade R classrooms and three others vandalised, together with toilet bowls, more burglar bars and the new doors that were brought in on Tuesday.
According Principal Ndileka Jeremiah the incident happened in the early hours of the morning and it has become the norm.
“There was a break in on Monday morning and by Tuesday, we had bought new doors as replacement.
It is by luck that I didn’t find the handyman to install the doors as they too would have been stolen by the vandals,” she said.
She said that the vandalism had now become a norm and that culprits are never caught.
“Often we go to the police and open a case... and it ends there.
We do not have a security guard here at work, save for the caretaker, who doesn’t always hear when the culprits break in,” she said.
The caretaker Nompumelelo Hobo said that the vandals jump over the fence and target the grade R classes because there is no alarm there.
“The caretaker court is also on the other end of the school so they know that they won’t be spotted easily as opposed to trying to break into the staff room,” she said.
Jeremiah said that the thugs were starting to target the staff room as there was evidence of attempted break-ins.
She said that the recurring incidents were affecting staff and learner morale at the school.
“The children are distracted and traumatized while the teachers are tired of these break-ins. It has a negative impact on the learning process in the school because as we speak, classes are continuing despite lack of doors in classes,” she concluded.