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MEC urges schools to tackle social ills

Education MEC Barbara Creecy says a handbook will help guide schools to deal with social ills.

Gauteng MEC for Education Barbara Creecy. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy on Monday said religious leaders have signed a memorandum of understanding to find ways of ridding the country of social ills.

This follows the recent death of a teenage girl from Randfontein, who was killed during an alleged satanic ritual.

Creecy said officials need the help of parents and communities to deal with problems occurring in schools.

"We are not going to be able to solve these ills by ourselves. These ills have a common root - it is children who are inadequately parented."

The MEC said the Gauteng Education Department has been dealing with various incidents lately, such as alleged satanic rituals in schools and teenage pregnancy.

She said a handbook has since been compiled, which will guide schools on how they can deal with all these problems.

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