A viral video depicting learners from Hoërskool President High School in Ridgeway allegedly bunking class has stirred community concerns and prompted action from both the school and the Gauteng Department of Education.
MEC Matome Chiloane revealed that the matter was brought to their attention by a concerned resident who witnessed President High School learners in a residential complex during school hours. Subsequently, school officials and the Mondeor Police collected the learners in question.
The MEC emphasised the importance of maintaining discipline and adhering to school rules while expressing disappointment at the learners’ behaviour captured in the video. A collaborative investigation between the school and the department will be conducted to facilitate necessary disciplinary actions in accordance with established policies.
Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo clarified that bunking class is not a criminal offence, and formal police investigations are not currently underway. Instead, the incident underscores the broader issue of student attendance, requiring cooperation between schools, parents, and the community to ensure regular class attendance. The department is committed to addressing this issue and implementing preventive measures for similar incidents in the future.
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