Keep our schools safe this festive season

By Dr Tutu Faleni (MPL), DA North West Education Spokesperson:

The Democratic Alliance in the North West is concerned with the safety and security measures at the province’s schools over the festive season.

During an oversight visit by the Portfolio Committee on Education, it was revealed that schools are experiencing high amounts of burglaries. This year Chris Hani High School in Matlosana Local Municipality already has fell victim to five burglaries.

Both learners and educators have expressed their concerns regarding the safety of their school properties especially now that we are fast approaching the season and where schools will be closed.

Schools do not have sufficient money to hire services of private security companies.

The DA urges Education MEC, Wendy Matsemela, take tips from the Western Cape Department of Education where schools work in partnership with the local police and community organisations like the Neighbourhood Watch or Community Police Forum to provide security for schools.

The DA government also established a School Call Centre which serves as a contact point to report criminal activities affecting schools. This program also runs during the festive season.

I call on MEC Matsela to make funds available to provide security for schools during the upcoming festive season. MEC Matsela must also establish and engage parents in volunteering to provide security to the schools.

The DA believes that a safe and nurturing environment is vital in contributing to quality education.