An appeal has been made to communities to protect schools as learners are on school break

An appeal has been made to communities to protect their local school. The call, made by Western Cape’s Education MEC, David Maynier, comes as coastal schools closed on Friday for the first term of 2023.

Vandalism and burglaries are common during school holidays. In the December/January school holidays, the Western Cape Education Department (WCED)has reported 48 incidents of burglary and/or vandalism affecting 42 schools.

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Maynier encouraged community members to keep a close eye on schools in their areas and report any suspicious activities.

‘’It is so disappointing to return after the holiday to find schools have been vandalised and burglarized, spoiling the start of the new term.

While we are providing 457 of our schools with subsidies for holiday security over this period, we have seen that the most effective way a school can be protected is for surrounding residents to take an active interest in the school as a community resource,’’ said Western Cape’s Education MEC, David Maynier.

‘’Let's all work together to make sure that our teachers and learners can return safely to schools that are in good condition at the start of the new term in April,’’ he added.

Crime activities can be reported to SAPS on 08600 10 111 or the WCED’s safe school hotline on 0800 45 46 47.

Schools reopen on 12 April 2023


Done By: Mitchum George


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