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Selborne College fight: Mvoko says he's concerned by violence at schools

Jan 28, 2019
Selborne College fight: Mvoko says he's concerned by violence at schools

Eastern Cape MEC for Education, Mlungisi Mvoko, says he has noted "with shame" the spate of violence that has engulfed Eastern Cape schools with the recent one involving Selborne College learners, in the Buffalo City Education district.

"These unfortunate incidents in certain areas have led to burning down of schools by learners, while in Selborne, a learner was left with severe injuries in his face," described Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDoE) spokesperson, Mali Mtima.

"It should be noted that the department has a zero tolerance policy against any form of violence.

"Additionally, the department does not condone any form of violence, and will take immediate and decisive action against those involved in this incident."

Mtima said that the department has taken these incidents very seriously as a result, all learners involved in the Selborne College incident will be placed on precautionary suspension with immediate effect.

"The suspension is not a pronouncement on the guilt verdict of anybody, but is aimed at serving as a 'cooling off period', and to allow the department and the school to conduct and complete their investigations," he added.

"On completion of the investigation, disciplinary action may follow, but all will be determined by the outcomes of the investigation.

"Since this is a very serious matter, the department had activated all programs geared towards educating learners about violence. This will assist in creating an understanding to the learners that violence does not solve any issues."

'Very unfortunate statements made after Selborne College fight'

Meanwhile, MEC Mvoko also noted with concern how the issue been depicted in the social media.

He said that some very unfortunate statements have been made which do not assist with resolving the issue.

"I urge the public to assist the department to resolve these issues through ensuring that they report them to their local offices for quick responce.

"We need to treat matters like this with the sensitivity they deserves and extra care must be taken to ensure that the issues are not fueled, but rather resolved amicably," urged Mvoko.

"Parents have a very big responsibility in assisting the School Governing Body, the school and the department to drill the message down that our schools remain violence free zones, and that violence does not solve issues."

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