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education blackboard thumb medium80 92GroundUp reports that according to Eastern Cape Department of Education, since November, 131 schools in the Nelson Mandela Bay region have been robbed.

Most of the incidents have been at gunpoint. The provincial Department of Education (DOE) has issued a statement, declaring several areas within the municipality “hotspots” and has allocated millions of rands to improve security at these and other schools. The crime hotspots are in the northern areas of KwaZakhele, Zwide, and Motherwell in Gqeberha. The latest incident happened outside Elufefeni Primary School in NU7, Motherwell, when schools had opened just last week. In Kariega, a police spokesperson confirmed at least three incidents of robberies at gunpoint last month at Phaphani and Tinarha High Schools, as well as Mjuleni primary school in KwaNobuhle township. At KwaZakhele High School, which has been repeatedly robbed, a teacher said robbers were as young as the learners. Education MEC Fundile Gade last week advised that his department had allocated R59-million to upgrade security at schools in the 2024/2025 financial year. An additional 1,000 security guards would be hired, he said, as well as 350 administrative staff and 24 assistant social workers would also be employed as part of the plan to make schools safer. “We are going to install surveillance cameras, access control systems, alert buttons that are linked to the police stations, as well as fences to make sure our schools are safe,” Gade indicated.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Thamsanqa Mbovane at GroundUp
  • Read too, Safety of our teachers is vital, at The Citizen

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