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Gauteng education in spotlight again as pupil dies, another raped

The Gauteng department of education has again had to deal with more tragedy, following the death of a Pretoria pupil and the rape of another in Tembisa.

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In the first incident, an 11-year-old girl attending Raikana Primary, in Soshanguvhe, died after she was hit by a car driven by a teacher from a nearby school on Tuesday 11 February.

“The pupil was rushed to a local clinic, but unfortunately the pupil died while receiving medical attention,” said the department’s spokesperson, Steve Mabona.

Tembisa: Autistic pupil raped

In the second incident, a 15-year-old special needs pupil from an Ecaleni school, in Tembisa, was raped, allegedly by a 17-year-old fellow pupil.

It is alleged that the suspect attacked the victim, who suffers from autism, behind classrooms, where they were spotted by an educator.

“An assistant teacher saw the perpetrator coming from behind the classroom, zipping up his pants and the victim was also seen pulling up her pants,” the department further said.

The boy was subsequently arrested, but was later released into the custody of his parents.

The department said psycho-social teams would be at both schools where the separate incidents occurred.

Death count of Gauteng pupils this year stands at 13

The death of the Soshanguvhe pupil brings to 13 the number of pupil in the province who’ve tragically lost their lives, some of them under school territory, this year alone.

On Tuesday 11 February, a pupil from Ferndale High School in Randburg, died after he fell from the third-floor balcony. The boy had reportedly suffered an epileptic seizure when he plunged to his death.

“They knew those screams were not ordinary screams of learners playing. This was unique. The teachers heard screams from the learners, but the principal was also around,” Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza  Lesufi said when he visited the school.

In another incident, a grade 11 pupil from Tharabollo Secondary School in Vereeniging took her life by drinking poison. She was rushed to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.

The department has had a rough start to the 2020 academic year, most notably with the death of Parktown Boys High School pupil Enock Mpianzi who drowned during a school orientation camp in the North West.

Lesufi has called for divine intervention, in the wake of the incidents.