02 June 2015
Western Cape MEC for Education
Debbie Schaffer said that while the WCED has increased security measures
wherever possible, schools are still being burgled and vandalised on a regular
In the 2014/2015 financial
year, schools reported a total of 1 180 incidents of burglary and
That averages 98 incidents per
month, or three per day.
MEC Schaffer added that this
is frustrating however progress is being made.
MEC Shaffer says we are making
progress in a number of areas, but we are really concerned on the ongoing
nature of vandalism and burglary and the destructive nature of it and, this
affects our learners and teachers and our budget which we would have used it
for other constructive purposes, Schaffer added.
Meanwhile WCED’s Safe Schools programme
manager Oscar Apollis said it is important that the school governing body play
a more active role in these challenges including vandalism.
He added that the majority of
incidents of vandalism were reported at schools in gang infested areas where
substance abuse is rife.
Apollis said we find that, the
very community that is supposed to protect the school is the community that is
creating the challenge in those schools.
“Our school governing bodies
must play a more active role in terms of their governance with regards with
building a bridge and a relationship between the school and the community so
that the community can be part of the solution to the challenge that we have”
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