Lack of leadership at Altmont Secondary School contributes to safety challenges

Issued by Khume Ramulifho MPL – DA Gauteng, Shadow MEC for Education
21 Sep 2023 in Press Statements

The lack of effective leadership at Almont Technical School is severely contributing to the safety challenges of violence, theft, and gangsterism.

In a recent incident, learners stole school furniture and sold it. The school was also disrupted by violent protests earlier this year, severely affecting learning and teaching.

See photos here, here, and here.

Today, the Democratic Alliance (DA) conducted a follow-up oversight inspection at the school to determine whether safety interventions have been implemented to ensure the safety of learners and teachers.

Despite the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) deploying patrollers at this school, ill-discipline remains a challenge.

The DA demands that the Gauteng MEC for Education, Matome Chiloane, urgently intervenes to foster a working relationship between the school management, school governing body (SGB), and district officials.

We will further table questions to the department to determine whether the safety interventions that they have implemented have yielded any positive results.

We strongly believe learning environments should be safe havens for leaners and for teachers.

Therefore, the DA will continue to fight for adequate learning and teaching environments for all learners across the province.