MEC of Education and Sports Development in The North West, Sello Lehari will be visiting a High School in Zeerust after a 24-year-old teacher was allegedly stabbed to death by a 17-year-old pupil inside a classroom.
Law enforcement authorities say the teacher was stabbed while invigilating an exam for the Grade 12 pupils and the 17-year-old got in the class and approached the teacher who was busy on the chalkboard and when the teacher turned, the pupil stabbed him once in the chest without uttering a word.
The teacher was rushed to a nearby hospital and was certified dead on arrival.
Speaking to Africa Melane, Executive Director of the National Professional Teachers Organisation (Naptosa) Basil Manuel says this is a great tragedy and one that cannot be rolled back.
We see daily and get reports daily from teachers about all forms of harassment and intimidation and even violence in all types of schools.— Basil Manuel, Executive Director of Naptosa
This is not owned to a particular type of school or a school serving a particular wealth class of people, it is all schools.— Basil Manuel, Executive Director of Naptosa
And many of the teachers come for assistance, be it councilling, be it what can I do and then more than 90% of those teachers refuse to take the matter further.— Basil Manuel, Executive Director of Naptosa
As a result, it goes relatively unreported to the authorities so to speak.— Basil Manuel, Executive Director of Naptosa
Manuel adds that they discover so much when they are dealing with one teacher, that there are loads of others that have been affected.
Melane also spoke to National Spokesperson of The Department of Basic Education, Elijah Mhlanga who says the incident is something that was a shock to them and they will be sending their condolences to the affected families.
In a situation where you are teaching learners, how do you protect the teacher against the leaners that the teacher is supposed to be teaching?— Elijah Mhlanga, National Spokesperson of The Department of Basic Education
What can you do in advance? Because you don't know what the learner's behaviour is going to be the next day.— Elijah Mhlanga, National Spokesperson of The Department of Basic Education
Listen below to the full interview: