JOHANNESBURG - Education activist Hendrick Makaneta has called on the government to urgently prioritise the safety of learners in schools and communities following the murder of a learner who was stabbed by a schoolmate next to Forest High School in Turffontein.
“We welcome the arrest of a pupil after the incident. The government must take drastic steps to ensure that all learners are safe at all times,” Makaneta said.
On Monday, a 20-year-old Grade 11 male learner stabbed three fellow learners, an 18-year-old male Grade 8 learner died on the scene, while the other two male learners, aged 18 and 15, were taken to a local hospital after sustaining injuries. The 20-year-old was later arrested.
Makaneta said the Department of Education had to ensure that all schools observed the duty of care starting in the morning when learners arrived at school.
"Teachers should be visible at the school gates; they should also be visible during break at the school grounds. Male teachers should be visible at boys’ toilets and female teachers should not leave girls' toilets unattended."