This comes after a number of reports of violence in schools across the province in recent months.
The provincial secretary of the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu), Nomarashiya Caluza, said there was an urgent need to engage with communities in order to tackle school violence.
“You must first rid the community of crime. If pupils are coming from a violent community, they might perpetuate violence in their schools. All the leaders in the community, including councillors, traditional leadership and the police, must play their role to fight violence in schools,” said Caluza.
She called on community police forums and the police to be visible around schools.