Gauteng School burglaries undermine quality education

By: Khume Ramulifho MPL DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Education The DA is concerned over the high number of burglaries at Gauteng schools and thefts of e-learning tablets. In written responses to DA questions, it has emerged that since January 2015, 381 burglary cases and the theft of school equipment and learning materials had been reported to Gauteng police. Among the learning materials stolen are 3104 e-learning tablets. To date, only 20 arrests took place with one person convicted. Click here to view the responses. Despite earlier appeals by the DA to strengthen security at schools, Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi continues to trumpet the success of locating and recovering a mere seven tablets. The theft of critical learning resources such as tablets deprives learners of the opportunity to bridge digital divide and denies access to innovative learning opportunities. It is therefore crucial that all tablets supplied to learners have pre-installed tracking and security software, and location services disabled. Theft of school equipment has cost the Gauteng education department R9,3 million to date. The availability of education resources plays a strategic role in community development and the DA appeals to all community members to take ownership of schools in their area. Education is a collaborative effort, and schools can be protected through strengthening partnerships with the SAPS. Each police station has the responsibility to oversee safety at schools in their area of jurisdiction. [END] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################