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Johannesburg - A Bryanston High school pupil caught with drugs on the school's premises has been removed from the school, the department confirmed on Friday.

Two days ago, reports emerged that a Grade 10 pupil had been found in possession of two packets of marijuana during a school search.

According to Gauteng Department of Education spokesperson Steve Mabona, the discovery was made following an anonymous tip to the school's hotline.

"Consequently the school conducted a search, where the said pupil was found in possession of two bags of marijuana.

"The pupil’s cellphone was confiscated as evidence."


Mabona confirmed that police and the pupil's parents were then called to the school.

Police however, declined to charge the pupil and instead, she was removed from the school as a precaution.

"She will [however] be allowed to write her final examination at another venue, pending disciplinary process by the School Governing Body."

"The girl will also be referred to our Psycho Social Support Unit, for necessary counselling and behavioural change."

Mabona reiterated the stance that illegal substances such as drugs, alcohol and weapons posed a threat to a safe and supportive learning environment.

He added that Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi recognised pupil discipline as one of the priorities of the Department.

"It is unfortunate that the pupil brought drugs in the school environment; we take an exception of such conduct. We implore parents to instill discipline in their children."

Mabona said the department would continue to monitor the situation accordingly.

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