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Free State Department of Education calls on communities to guard schools over the festive season

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Free State Department of Education calls on communities to guard schools over the festive season

Protect Our Schools: A Call to Action

The Free State Department of Education is urging communities to take action and guard schools against vandalism during the festive season.

As schools prepare to close their doors for the long holidays, there is a growing concern about the potential for vandalism and theft in some hotspot areas in the province.

Howard Ndaba, the spokesperson for the department, emphasized the unfortunate reality that many schools become targets for vandals during the holiday period. Last year, between December 2022 and January 2023, numerous schools across the province were vandalized, resulting in the theft of valuable items such as computers, school nutrition equipment, and furniture.

Free State Department of Education Spokesperson Howard Ndaba

Free State Department of Education Spokesperson Howard Ndaba

In the Motheo District alone, 14 schools fell victim to vandalism, with properties being damaged and valuable items being stolen. The impact of this criminal activity is not only detrimental to the schools themselves but also to the community at large.

Ndaba cited a specific example of Legae Primary School in Bloemfontein, where property valued at over R300,000 was stolen, including chairs, desks, doors, electrical cables, and other essential items.

The department is calling upon community members to be vigilant and to actively guard against vandalism in schools during the festive season.

Ndaba said Schools’ vandalism over holidays is a great setback to the department and schools for the upcoming academic year.

“We worry when schools close for a long period.  Burglaries and wanton damage to schools’ properties are rife. “

“This is a pandemic we are facing. Instead of investing  funds in learning and teaching, the department and schools  are forced to fix and revitalize damaged facilities and procure stolen items.”

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