Sunday, January 27, 2008

Teachers union says it condemns violence at schools

By Rhodé Marshall
27 January 2008

The National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa's (NAPTOSA) Western Cape branch says that it denounces the stabbing incident that took place this week at Masibambisane High School in Delft.

The union feels that it is unacceptable that teaching and learning is disrupted and a school community traumatised by people who invade school premises.

“As NAPTOSA we are concerned that the security at the school in Delft has been bridged and we are concerned for the safety of learners and educators,” says NAPTOSA Provincial Chairperson Waheeb Gasant.

Gasant says that NAPTOSA appreciates the input of the MEC for Education Cameron Dugmore who he says is keeping a close eye on the situation at the school.

“We wish the school well and we look with confidence that WCED (Western Cape Education Department) will up security at the school,” said Gasant.

This all comes after a 15-year-old boy who attends Masibambisane High School was stabbed in the back by men believed to be gangsters who entered the school to rob learners of their valuables. The young boy then retaliated by stabbing his attacker who then later died.

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