SECURITY concerns remain a crisis in many KwaZulu- Natal schools, with the Department of Education not filling vacant security posts in some.
This was revealed during a visit by MPLs and education officials to Asibemunye High in Mpophomeni and Injoloba High in Howick last week as part of the legislature’s school- opening functionality monitoring programme.
At Asibemunye High there were concerns that while the school’s matric pass rate dropped because of social ills and educational challenges in the school, another prime factor was security concerns with gangsterism being rife in the area. At Injoloba High, although the school performed well in the matric exams, the issue of security remains a concern with a spate of burglaries taking place last year.
Injoloba High principal Bongani Mabanga said after the retirement of a security guard at the school, the post was never filled.
“The post was advertised, but was frozen again. In the meantime we have communicated with parents asking each to contribute R50 for a security guard who will be employed by the school because security remains a problem.”
Some schools in the Greater Edendale area are reported to have stopped after-hours classes because of security concerns.
Education official Siqhamo Mabinza said the issue of unfilled vacancies is not only a problem affecting schools, it is a problem across the board because there are so many people who are in acting positions.