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SAFE SCHOOLS : VIEWS EXPRESSED AT A WORKSHOP IN 2005
Preamble The articulations at the workshop indicated the similarities of the problems that we all face. The skills
that we were trained in, the hands on approaches, the professional knowledge of the speakers and
the presentation of important material, served to support the importance of this workshop. It was
heartening to note that our school is an haven compared to the majority who consider themselves to
be in a far more serious plight with regard to safety and security.
The following is summary of the addresses/workshop presentations by key note speakers.
1. MR. TE ZUMGU – EMGD
Emphasized the importance of direct community involvement Scholar/parent patrol morning/afternoon Monitor structures adjacent to the school that are trouble spots Identify problem vehicles Youth Desk to make a practical difference and to be taken seriously Joint structures to be capacitated. However, he acknowledged the poor commitment from
such structures during capacity workshops/talks
Acknowledged the enormous pressure consistently placed on school personnel to attend
and convince DSSC of Departmental initiatives.
2. Senior Superintendent – Vish Naidoo-National Commissioner’s Office
Shift on emphasis: Creation of a social crime prevention unit
Socially based crime is affecting all schools in the Province
The interaction between all sectors becomes crucial
The latest drug in the abuse syndrome is sugars
(waste product of heroine). This drug has
taken learners by storm. This drug can easily be pedaled at school.
There are also some legal
drugs that are abused: Prescription drugs, glue, methylated
Use any available time to alert learners to the danger: Right Living. Guidance, Life
Orientation, Assembly seminars, media, pamphlets, newsletters, etc.
3. RS LALLA- On Management of Durban South Primary
Stakeholders must sign a pledge of commitment School safety issues can become critical obstacles to learning COP: Community Oriented Policing Tear Gas threat: Emergency Evacuation Plans
4. Colleen Hoover: Principal-St Anthony’s Primary School
Metal detectors and security guards are insufficient without community support and effort. Communities are loathe to assume responsibility for School Safety The elements of school security:
i. Physical Security: Fence, alarm, burglar bars, lighting
ii. Community Ownership: After hours use, Religious, Tuition, ABET, Sport, Health
Clubs, etc show building occupancy at prime time (nights and week-ends)
iv. Business Sponsorship for security initiatives
Democratic rather than autocratic management nurtures healthy partnerships
5. Inspector Elvis Naidoo: SAPS Greenwood Park
The schools alliance programme is in operation in North Durban under the Youth Desk
Learners from grades 8-11 are involved. Discussions: Date rape, pregnancy, Night Club Dangers, Peer Counseling, Drugs and
SAPS Patrolling File started at each school SAPS can train security guards The number of learners that come from dysfunctional homes is rapidly increasing.
Problems emanating from the breakdown in the family structure are now affecting schooling directly.
Suggests that YOUTH DESK be regularlised as part of the curriculum
Youth Desk supported by Avoca Secondary, Effingham Secondary, Sea Cow Lake
Secondary and Park Hill is one of the best established.
6. Inspector Ian Scorgie: SAPS Greenwood Park [Recommended for Invitation]
Topic: Inhibiting factors to safe schools:
1. Bullies (Profile: poor in their school work) 2. Truants (Profile: Dysfunctional families) 3. Physical/sexual abuse (prevalent in dysfunctional homes; promotes truancy and
subjects young truants to further unscrupulous exploitation on the outside)
4. Weapons: can easily be carried into schools – recently a 13 year girl carried one
of the biggest knives into school – profile: suicidal tendency
5. The lack of compassion of adults when dealing with children
7. Inspector Danie Verster: Durban Flying Squad[Recommended for Invitation]
Easily the most dynamic, dramatic and practical speaker at the workshop.
Spoke of hoax calls to the emergency numbers (7000 in the province last month) and the
cost to the tax payer, the danger to public and personnel who rush at high speeds, etc.
Demonstrated samples of an array of drugs and how to recognize them.
Walked us through on how sugars is processed and imbibed
Categorically stated that drugs are a problem in ALL SCHOOLS
Biggest problem facing the police: The lack of skill in observing and recording criminal
activity. Witnesses raerely know colour of clothing, height, hair, etc. of criminals!
Took us through a quick exercise to test our own observation skills which we all failed
miserably. Emphasized that we deliberately teach observation skills as a game at
school as part of the life skills programme.
Walked us through 3 real cases: Date/gang rape via Rohipnol and the suitability of this
drug for this purpose ; Hijacking & the importance of observation; Peddlers strategies in identifying potential victims in night clubs.
Laboured the apathy and naiveté of parents when dealing with their children; mentioned
spots on the south coast and included Pavilion and Gateway from the North. Categorically stated the irresponsibility of parents who leave their children with cell phones to negotiate pick up well into the early hours of the morning; mentioned the Taxi-Booze parties at Blue Lagoon, etc.
Mentioned a standing rule for crime at school: Two people must know: Counselor & SAPS
Posters of drugs must be prominently displayed
Course Offered to Senior Learners: Project Fight Back – Monies collected as
donations to be forwarded to some needy organization
8. Wendy Clerk: Senior Prosecutor-Verulam Court
Wendy is a member of the NPA
Explained that inevitably, communities must be part of the solution
There is a definite increase in crime at schools
Many crimes go unreported – must educate and empower learners to report crime –
literally blow the whistle!
Many cases of rapes perpetrated on learners by learners
Sexual offences increased by 58% since last year: 503 cases were victims U16 attacked
Under age casual sex is becoming the norm
She has adopted Newlands East Secondary as part of her outreach programme and
urges school communities to approach legal persons to adopt their respective
schools. She engages in both social counseling and teaching the law to learners
Suggests, although this maybe problematic, that peer tribunals (like a jury) for
minor offences may be more educative to the offender rather than always facing up
to adult supervision during disciplinary hearings.
The question of both under age learners engaged in consensual sex came in for
discussion. Both guilty of having sex with a minor!
Re-affirmed that the law supports the Management in initiating a body/bag search at any
time; the only caution being that adult males search male learners and adult females search female learners.
9. Constable Yasmin Vaib : SAPS Greenwood Park
Introduced the directory of important telephone numbers
10. Chris Edmond: Sector Policing
Agreed to be invited to crime/problem areas to assist with crime-prevention initiatives
Spoke of successes he has had
Spoke of his former role at East Coast radio and Sector Policing
Agreed that the Provincial Newspapers and other media were obliged to educate the
public on the content of our workshop
11. Linda Dabichurran & Susan Prellor
Extensively discussed the Child Line policies The legal and associated difficulties faced by school personnel when receiving reports of
The rate of increase in teenage suicide with SA now ranking 8th in the world The role of social workers and their limitations
12. MR W. Ponnan
Was the Programme Director Emphasized the need for both school and the community to assume responsibility for the
Mentioned the enormous difficulties faced by school personnel to deal with social
problems side-by-side with demands for efficient curriculum delivery and high standards for education.
More than 55% of parents use the school as a kindergarten from 08:00 to 15:00 The child spends most of his teenage life at school – few parents take an interest in all
aspects of the institution in which their children spend this time, except for when it is BUDGET TIME!
13. Dr I. Rangraje –Safe Schools Coordinator
The nature and success of this workshop should be cascaded thoroughly Certainly greater participation is expected from parents and governing bodies.
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