NW Education and Sport Development teacher allegedly stabbed to death by a learner
A teacher of Ramotshere Moiloa Secondary School in Dinokana village near Zeerust in the North West has been stabbed to death by a Grade 10 (17 year old) learner.
This disturbing incident happened on Thursday (13 September) morning when two teachers were invigilating during preliminary examinations. The alleged learner who was neither writing nor at school on this day came to the school and went straight to the teacher who was in company of learners and one other teacher, took a knife and stabbed him on the chest with a butcher knife.
Although the cause of the occurrence is not yet established, the late teacher who is also responsible for National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) at the schoolreprimanded a group of boys yesterday (in which this 17 year old learner was part of) duringlunch break who were defaulting a line in pursuit for their second feed and this morning the sad case happened.
A police case has been opened and the learner is currently under police custody.
MEC for Education and Sport Development in the North West, Sello Lehari is aggrieved by the incident and sends his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and school community at large and pleads that the matter be treated with sensitivity.
“I am deeply wounded by this incident that led to loss of life of our colleague and teacher. It is more heartbreaking that it happened right after we concluded the school safety campaign in August where we held an inter-departmental address to learners on primarily violence in schools and school safety in general, where policies and school’s code of conduct around these matters were revisited.
“As a country and as North West province, we are totally condemning these behaviours in our schools. We wish to inform the public that we are working on improving policies to make our schools safe hubs for learning”, saddened Lehari echoed.
The department has school safety measures and policies that address ill behaviours in school as well as improving school safety, including but not limited to school violence in schools. Ramotshere Moiloa secondary school is one of the schools that were visited this month during the school safety campaign on preventive measures on school safety where social cluster department(such as SAPS, Social Development, Health, Justice and Constitutional Development) as well as SGB’sgathered.
MEC Lehari will be visiting the school on Friday morning.
In the 2017 academic year, North West province, through its School Safety campaign identified 80 hot spot school in relation to school violence and crime and Ramotshere Moiloa Secondary was not enlisted.