by Andrew Louw – DA Northern Cape Premier Candidate
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Date: 06 November 2018
The Democratic Alliance in the Northern Cape is calling on MEC for Education, Martha Bartlett to urgently intervene in safety concerns at Kimberley Boys High School.
This comes after a video trending on social media, shows how a Grade 9 pupil at the high school throws water in a teacher’s face after an apparent altercation, much to the entertainment of the rest of the class.
There is no discipline in schools and such blatantly disrespectful behaviour cannot be tolerated. Threatening incidents such as this one, should also not be left to fester.
The DA is aware that the Education Department has joined hands with SAPS and Provincial Police Commissioner, Risimati Shivuri, to tackle school safety. We now call on Bartlett and Shivuri to urgently implement an intervention at Kimberley Boys High School to tighten the grip on discipline within the classroom to ensure the safety of teachers and learners, within such a volatile context, is secured.
Growing school safety issues in the Northern Cape have become a cause for concern. Early warning signs must be speedily acted upon.
Teachers, learners and parents also must take hands to rule out ill-discipline in the classroom. More involvement in schools is also necessary to ensure that risky behaviour is ruled out before it emanates in school violence.
A DA government understands that the creation of an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching, is part and parcel of quality education.