Lightning, poisoned sweets, violence: GP Education bears the brunt

By Sihle Nyangiwe

Catastrophic barely begins to describe the various incidents that have plagued the Gauteng Education Department. The Department has had to be the bearer of bad news ever since the academic year commenced- with the latest being the death of a grade 5 learner who was struck by lightning.

The pupil from Diepsloot Primary School in Soweto, Johannesburg, was struck by lightning on her way back home from school on Friday, the 21st of February 2020. In a separate incident, a grade 3 learner from Zenzeleni Primary School in Alexandra died in his sleep following a short illness. Meanwhile, 16 Vusisizwe Primary School learners in Zola, Soweto were rushed to Zola Clinic after eating expired sweets on the 21st of February 2020.

The sweets were bought from a vendor. The learners were all treated and discharged. Another learner that was rushed to the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital was a grade 2 child from Lyndhurst Primary School. The girl fell from a swing while playing at the school. The child is currently recovering at home. The old age problem of bullying and violence in schools has also resurfaced.

The latest incident to play out was in Wendywood High School where learners were captured assaulting each other. The Department’s spokesperson, Steve Mabona said that investigations were under way. Thus far, at least 18 lives have been lost since the 2020 academic year began.

Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi has asked for divine intervention from priests and traditional leaders. Mabona confirmed to Media Bypass that:

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