BASIC EDUCATION PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE APPEALS FOR SAFETY AT KHAYELITSHA SCHOOLS

Parliament, The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education has noted the safety concerns at several Khayelitsha schools in the Western Cape that were brought to her attention by a stakeholder.

Committee Chairperson, Ms Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba, said the committee’s urgent intervention was requested by the Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF) on a matter between the Western Cape Department of Education and KDF and all the Khayelitsha schools.

The committee was made aware that the MEC for Education in the Western Cape had promised to deploy security guards to all the Khayelitsha schools after the devastating criminal attacks on educators at schools. According to the KDF, between January 2020 and today, more than six schools have already fallen victim to violent crime by armed assailants.

I have taken the matter up with the National Department of Basic Education (DBE) to ask for assistance in liaising with the relevant provincial education department. As a committee we take the question of the safety of our learners and educators very seriously. Whilst these discussions by the education authorities are underway, I appeal for calm at our schools.

Furthermore, I appeal to communities to help us keep all our schools violence-free. If you know or are aware of such thugs in your community, report them to the authorities. The safety of our learners and educators is paramount as education ensures a better future for all learners. They need an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning.

Ms Mbinqo-Gigaba said the committee will also monitor the progress made by the DBE and the provincial department in resolving this matter expeditiously.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa