North West Education MEC appeals for calm at Boitekong school after ‘tribal’ clashes

North West Education MEC Sello Lehari, left, appeals for calm at Boitekong Secondary School following clashes between Xhosa and Tswana pupils, 17 April 2019. Picture:ANA / Stringer

North West Education MEC Sello Lehari, left, appeals for calm at Boitekong Secondary School following clashes between Xhosa and Tswana pupils, 17 April 2019. Picture:ANA / Stringer

Lehari said schools were a place of learning not battle grounds. He advised parents to play key roles in the lives of their children.

North West Education MEC Sello Lehari on Wednesday promised to provide the outcome of an investigation into the alleged tribalism at Boitekong Secondary School.

“I plead with all parents to stop fighting. The issue here can be easily dealt with but we will follow correct procedures when doing so. The response will come in two weeks,” he said.

He was addressing parents and teachers at the school in Boitekong near Rustenburg following disruption of teaching and learning at the school after clashes allegedly between Xhosa and Batswana.

The skirmish reportedly left two Xhosa-speaking boys injured. One was admitted at a local clinic bleeding through his mouth and his parents went to the school armed with sticks and iron rods on Tuesday, the report said.

Lehari said schools were a place of learning not battle grounds. He advised parents to play key roles in the lives of their children.

Classes remain suspended after the fight between the Xhosa and Tswana learners at the school. Lehari said school would formally begin on Tuesday. The results of the investigation was expected on April 29.

Departmental spokesperson Elias Malindi said a decision was taken at a recent summit to fight violence in schools.

“As a department we take violence as a very serious threat in our schools. We had a school safety summit whereby we invited all stakeholders who have an interest in education to come up with strategies for improving school safety,” he said.

The department was also in the process of providing security in 200 schools as a temporary measure. In future security would be increased to include more schools, the department said.

Billy Segoagoa, a parent, said parents needed to be honest with their children. He said they all knew troublesome pupils and not addressing the issue would lead to such incidents.

Lehari was expected to hold a meeting with pupils on Thursday.

African News Agency (ANA)

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