The Inkatha Freedom Party calls on the KZN MEC for Education, Mthandeni Dlungwane to urgently call an imbizo to address the problem of disruptive pupils at Dumaphansi Secondary School in uMsinga who are allegedly carrying home-made guns, knives and knobkerries to schools.
“We call on Amakhosi and Izinduna as custodians of communities in uMsinga to intervene in this matter. This issue needs to be addressed urgently because this situation put teachers’ and other pupils’ lives at risks. We cannot have a situation where disruptive pupils take control of our schools. Disobedient pupils must be removed from schools because they are not serious about their future but are there just to create chaos in schools. Schools are meant for those who want to learn and to build a prosperous future for themselves and their families not to become criminals,” said IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Education, Mrs Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL.
“As the IFP we demand that the KZN MEC for Education must fast-track the issue of installing metal detectors in schools. This will deter pupils from bringing weapons into the school. He must further ensure that school security resembles that of a closed campus setting. By doing this the schools will not allow students to leave the school premises after arriving until school is over. Students could not leave school premises to acquire a weapon during school hours,” continued Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa.
“We call for improved security in all schools in the province. The increased security should discourage students from trying to bring weapons to school. If students know that there are people looking for weapons they will think twice before bringing weapons to school. The combination of parents, communities and schools making an effort to provide a safe environment in schools should make a positive difference,” concluded Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa.
The IFP believes that all role-players in every community must be involved in combating disruptive behaviour at our schools.
Mrs Thembeni Madlopha-Mthethwa
IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Education
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