Edu. dept. is saddened by passing of a learner at Cebisa secondary school

South Africa: The Mpumalanga Department of Education has learnt with shock about the passing of a learner at Cebisa Secondary School in Ermelo, Gert Sibande District, on Tuesday, 16 August 2022.

It is alleged that a gangster-related fight made its way into the school during break time, wherein another learner stabbed a grade 10 learner.

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Regrettably, the stabbed learner succumbed to his injuries at Ermelo Public Hospital.

It is alleged that both learners belong to different troublesome gangsters in the township.

The passing on of a learner through a stabbing on school grounds is a sad and unfortunate development.

The Department condemns any form of violence that makes its way into schools in the strongest terms possible.

The MEC for Education, Mr Bonakele Majuba, has condemned this incident and has directed that the Department work with the law enforcement institutions to probe the circumstance which led to this sad development. He further conveyed his sincere condolences to the bereaved family.

The MEC will visit the Cebisa Secondary School on Thursday, 18 August 2022, at 09H00, together with officials who will render psychosocial assistance to all who are directly or indirectly affected by this incident.

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It was a very unexpected case which came out from the Department always trying to spread peace among students and society. Yesterday, they also distributed tablets to class 12 grade learners so they could learn more.

The whole Department is in indeed shock.