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sadtu90TimesLIVE reports that the SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) wants security guards at schools to be provided with metal detectors and panic buttons.  

Security in schools was one of the main issues discussed by delegates during the union's provincial general council held a week after Masuku Primary School teacher Sibonakaliso Nyawose was gunned down as he arrived at the Folweni school, south of Durban.  At Nyawose's funeral, provincial education MEC Kwazi Mshengu told mourners that his department needed more funding to deploy more security guards at schools and also to provide fencing for all schools in the province.  Sadtu's provincial secretary, Nomarashiya Caluza, indicated on Wednesday that the union supported the appointment of 3,267 security guards in schools.  However, she said security guards should be properly trained and provided with some tools of the trade to help them do their jobs.  "The provision of security guards doesn't guarantee the safety of teachers and learners.  Give them minimum tools, like metal detectors and panic buttons," Caluza said.  She cited a number of examples where KZN teachers had been killed inside school premises despite the presence of security guards.  However, Caluza said Sadtu did not support a call by the Educators Union of SA for teachers to be allowed to bring guns to school to protect themselves.  Sadtu, working with the National Association of School Governing Bodies and the Congress of SA Students, will convene a school safety summit on Tuesday to explore how schools can be made safer.

  • Read the full original of Bongani Mthethwa’s report on the above story at TimesLIVE

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