JOHANNESBURG: The Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has described the incident at the Three Rivers Secondary School in Vereeniging as a serious offence.
Following an investigation today, the MEC along with the officials from the department’s social support, met with the parents and educators to give an update with the investigation in which a school pupil hurled her exercise book at a teacher during the lesson.
Lesufi says if found guilty, the pupil will be dismissed immediately.
“I don’t want to sugar-coat it or prejudge, this is a serious offence and in any case of this magnitude we have to act, and act decisively.”
The MEC says the pupil will face expulsion
“Learners will want to go to the class to see the learner that everyone is talking about. Teachers will go there; people from outside will go there. And then the school indeed removed the learner from the class,” he added.
With the parents wanting more security equipment in schools,such as installation of CCTV cameras, the MEC says schools should not be a prison and the department does not have the funding to provide that kind of support.
“I always argue, and I know I differ with many people, schools should be a place where children should feel free and not be in a military camp”.
“These are children, they need to play, they need to enjoy schools and get all the support. Actually if there is a place where children need to be free of fear of policemen and other things their school.”
According to the MEC, he has met with the school’s teachers to assure them of the department’s support.