Limpopo MEC for Education, Polly Boshielo has
noted with concern the increasing number of reported bullying incidents in our
schools involving our learners.
The department was this morning alerted to a
shocking video recording of a female grade 10 learner being slapped around at
Mbilwi Secondary School, in the Vhembe East education district. The
incident took place yesterday, 12 April 2021. In the video Other learners can
be heard in the background cheering the perpetrator, who is also a grade 10
female learner. The victimized learner is reported to have since passed away,
however the cause of death is unknown. The department is awaiting a formal
report on the cause from the relevant authorities.
The department has also noted another
recording of a physical altercation incident involving grade 12 female learners
from Nthuba High School making rounds on social media last week Friday. Details
of this incident have been requested from the school principal on and due
disciplinary processes will be undertaken immediately.
“It is quite disturbing to witness this level
of violent behaviour among young people. We strongly condemn such conduct that
has turned our schools into horrendous havens of those who have no regards for
their peers. Bullying is wrong and will never be tolerated in our schools.
We send our condolences to the family and
friends of the deceased learner and pledge our commitment towards ensuring that
all those involved in bullying incidents are made to face the consequences of
It is important that we also capacitate
our schools to strengthen enforcement of their code of conduct, especially on
such incidents. Education is a societal matter, therefore putting the
responsibility on all of us to ensure a safe learning and teaching
environment" said MEC Boshielo.
The Limpopo Department of Education has
appointed Learner Support Agents who are based in the 10 education districts
across the province to offer emotional support to vulnerable learners. This is
done in conjunction with programmes offered by the School Safety, Learner
Psychological Services and Life skills units. Processes are underway to
intensify their interventions in high burden areas, based on reports received
from circuit offices.
District psychosocial teams have been
dispatched to the schools to attend to the affected learners.
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