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In an attempt to ensure safety at schools, the Eastern Cape Department of Education, working together with sister departments and other relevant stakeholders, will launch the school safety patrolers’ programme in the Nelson Mandela education district today at 10:00 am.

The launch will also promote social cohesion and enrichment programmes, and further declares schools as crime and drug free zones.

The National School Safety Framework is guided by four principles namely:
• Identifying all security Assist the school in understanding and issues and safety-related threats.
• To identified security effectively respond issues and threats.
• Create reporting systems and manage reported incidents appropriately; and
• Help the school to monitor their progress over time.

The move according to the department’s plan will help ensure school functionality. “Violence in and near school is one of the major contributing factors to non-enrolment, school dropout and noncompletion. Even for those children who remain at school despite experiences of, or fear of violence, the ability to achieve within the classroom, and to perform academically, is likely to be compromised. Simply put, the quality of education is negatively affected, thus we are implementing this programme”, says Kojana.

Details of the event are as follows:

Venue: Helenvalle Multipurpose centre

Time: 10:00 am

Date: 07 September 2018


Issued by Communications: Media Liaison Office. For more information contact Mali Mtima 083 795 2117

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