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protestThe Citizen reports that learning remained suspended at some schools in Hazyview in Mpumalanga on Tuesday as teachers staged a protest at the provincial Department of Education’s (DOE’s) White Hazy Circuit.

According to labour federation Cosatu, the teachers called on the department to strengthen security in schools amid a spate of criminal attacks on them and pupils. “We want schools to be taken as business entities. We want them to hire security. We want cameras at the schools. We don’t have safety there, people can just get in and out,” said the teachers in protest. However, DOE spokesperson Jasper Zwane said arming security guards at school would place them at a higher risk. “Once we do that, once they’re armed they become vulnerable – soft targets. We have seen that happening, for instance in Mariti we went there, we had community engagements and since then, there is stability. It takes the community to teach a child,” Zwane told SABC. The department said it would engage with affected parties to forge a way forward on the matter. There have been several cases of school robberies in the province.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Vhahangwele Nemakonde at The Citizen


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