NAPTOSA Outraged By Destruction Of Schools

Recently another school has been destroyed and others vandalized and looted, which compromises the education of many children. These events have left NAPTOSA feeling sickened.



The National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) has been horrified by the images of a school being burnt in KwaZulu-Natal.

According to some sources, people were looking for food, however, having stolen everything in the school, NAPTOSA believes that there could be no reason other than "callous destructiveness" for burning down the school.

"Equally shocking is the great number of schools that have been looted. Stealing objects and equipment from a school is contemptible, but stealing the future of innocent children and disrupting their lives is unforgivable," stated NAPTOSA.

The organisation pointed out that the constitution states that “a child's best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child” and one of the greatest matters that concern children is education.

However, the constitutional concern for the welfare of children is of no value if the adults who should honour and protect the best interests of children trample these interests by destroying schools. 

The organisation stressed that if South Africans cannot act responsibly themselves, then the government should step in and enforce responsible conduct through legislation.

NAPTOSA believes that "the time has arrived where the destruction and damage to schools can no longer be dealt with as merely an offence of “damage to property”. It needs to be elevated to something more telling for which more severe and deterrent sentences can be imposed and where the damage it causes children, becomes an aggravating factor."

"Apart from the psychological impact on the learners and teachers of the affected schools, there is a much wider impact on the psyche of children in general, because every time they see adults being angry at issues in society, they must fear that their school may be targeted for destruction with resultant disruption to their lives," said the organisation.

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