The Department of Education in Gauteng has confirmed that they are launching an investigation into claims of bullying at Khehlekile Primary School in Thokoza, Ekurhuleni. This follows the tragic death of a grade 6 pupil on Monday, under mysterious circumstances.
This is not the first time that the Gauteng Department of Education has had to address the issue of bullying in schools. Just last month, they conducted investigations into bullying at Queens High School after the untimely passing of Brian Ndlovu, a high school pupil who was allegedly forced to consume a poisonous substance.
Tragic Death of Grade 6 Pupil
The grade 6 pupil at Khehlekile Primary School was found hanging at his family’s home. The police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.
Steve Mabona, spokesperson for the Department of Education in Gauteng, expressed their deep condolences to the family and friends of the deceased pupil. He also assured the public that the necessary support and counselling services are being provided to the affected students and staff at the school.
Psycho-Social Support and Counseling
The Gauteng Department of Education, along with officials from the Department of Social Development, have deployed their Psycho-Social Support team to Khehlekile Primary School. They have started the process of providing necessary counselling to the students and staff affected by this tragic event. The support and counselling will continue for as long as it is needed.
Bullying in schools is a serious issue that needs to be addressed promptly and effectively. The Department of Education in Gauteng is committed to creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students. They will be working closely with the school to ensure that appropriate measures are put in place to prevent any further incidents of bullying.
Importance of Bullying Prevention
Bullying can have devastating effects on the victims, leading to emotional distress, low self-esteem, and in extreme cases, even suicide. It is crucial for schools and communities to come together to address the issue of bullying and create a culture of respect and empathy.