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Safety & Security

The Department of Basic Education takes school safety very seriously and as an apex priority, the department has put in place various policies and measures to ensure the safety of all learners, educators and relevant stakeholders in schools.

The Department reiterates that there is no place for violence, drug use/abuse, sexual harassment, and other criminal acts in schools as it poses a serious barrier to learning. There is a great focus on the inculcation of values and ethics and of a just and caring society within schools and communities. The Department views these ills in a serious light because they carry the potential to deprive our learners of their inherent constitutional rights to life, education, equality and dignity.

Schools are critical in instilling discipline and ensuring safety, thus the emphasis on Codes of Conduct for Learners at all public schools. Schools are therefore directly responsible for providing an environment conducive to the delivery of quality teaching and learning by, among other things, promoting the rights and safety of all learners, teachers and parents.

A National School Safety Framework has been developed to serve as a management tool for Provincial and District Officials responsible for school safety, principals, Senior Management Team Members, SGB members, teachers and learners to identify and manage risk and threats of violence in and around schools. The Framework is critical in empowering all responsible officials in understanding their responsibilities regarding school safety

It is important for parents and communities to actively participate in addressing and promoting school safety. Parents and communities are well-positioned to see to it that children are safe wherever they are.

Source: Department of Basic Education