By: Kaya 959 News
A Grade 8 learner at Pholosho Secondary School in Alexandra was stabbed to death during a scuffle at the school on Monday.
It is alleged that at around midday, the school’s disciplinary committee intervened in a fight between three children. One of the boys reportedly lunged forward and stabbed another pupil.
Emergency teams rushed to the school but the learner died at the scene.
“We vehemently condemn the violent behaviour which led to the death of a learner allegedly, at the expense of his peer on school grounds, it is absolutely unacceptable. The SGB must investigate this incident and take necessary disciplinary action against the perpetrator,” said Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi.
He said counsellors will be dispatched to the school.
“We wish to convey our deepest condolences to the family of the learner,” he said.
Lesufi is expected to visit the learner’s family on Tuesday.
Earlier this year, a pupil was stabbed and two fights were caught on camera in three separate incidents.
In the first incident, a Grade 11 learner at Anchor Comprehensive High School was stabbed by a Grade 12 learner from another school.
At Dinwiddie High School, a fight between learners went viral on social media.
There was also a third incident at a school in Meadowlands.
Lesufi said there is no place for violence in schools.
“First of all, I need to make it abundantly clear that our schools can never be sites of violent conduct, assaults or bullying. Violence has no place at our schools, and we call on school management to work with parents and the department to ensure we bring these acts of ill-discipline and misconduct to a swift end,” Lesufi said.
Research conducted by the Youth Research Unit Bureau of Market Research revealed that almost half of the teaching staff at Gauteng schools want to quit over rampant school violence.
The report showed that at least 48% of the teachers have personally experienced violence at school.
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