Scenes of too much kissing, violence and witchraft on the country’s television screens, particularly during prime time, are among the main contributory factors to ill-discipline among some school-going children, Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi said on Tuesday.
Responding to a question by The Citizen on what he thinks leads to ill-discipline in schools, Lesufi did not mince his words when he said instead of prime time TV teaching children about important life lessons, kissing, violence and witchcraft is being prioritised.
“If it is not kisses, it’s guns and nowadays it is witchcraft, and honestly speaking this really worries me big time because when you go to developed countries, during prime time, pupils are told important things about life.
“We have a battle of ratings of which episode has the nicest kiss or of somebody looking sexy,” Lesufi said.
He said the issue of ill-discipline, was also a societal problem which requires everybody’s involvement.
The MEC announced yesterday that the department has had to let go of 434 pupils following disciplinary cases involving pupils.
The type of offences that were reported against pupils, ranged from pupils testing positive for illegal narcotic substances, substance abuse, pupils threatening to assault teachers, pupils stabbing their peers to pupils being in possession of dangerous weapons.
Cases of sexual harassment of fellow pupils as well as engaging in acts of public indecency were also among the cases the department had to deal with, according to Lesufi.