‘Violence in SA schools has reached a critical point’

In the latest incident, a deputy principal was shot dead at a Nigel school on Tuesday.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Education for Social Justice Foundation says violence at schools across the country has reached a critical point and wants the Basic Education Department to intervene.

The foundation has requested an urgent meeting with Minister Angie Motshekga to discuss ways to counter the scourge.

In the latest incident, a deputy principal was shot dead at a Nigel school on Tuesday.

Education for Social Justice Foundation’s Hendrick Makaneta says incidents such as the recent murder of a deputy principal and the severe bullying of pupils are indications of the problems facing schools.

“It’s a cause for great concern... we need to sit down with the department officials and finds ways of ensuring that our teachers and learners are safe.”

Makaneta says they want, among other interventions, the department to restore cameras at schools.

“The Basic Education Department must find a way to install cameras across all schools in the country.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)