The Professional Educators Union (PEU) is noting with concern on the fire that broke out at Holly Cross Primary school in Cape Town, Western Cape, wherein the school library, Computer lab and several classrooms were damaged .
It is Indeed disconcerting that this unfortunate incident comes at a time when we are, as a country, still reeling from shock and mourning for the loss of lives at Hoerskool Driehoek in Gauteng.
We really had a sigh of relief to learn from preliminary reports that there are no injuries or loss of lives.
Thanks must go to the School Management Team for their decision to quickly evacuate learners and teachers as safely and precautionary measures.
PEU wants to convince itself and believe that there is no foul play from forces of darkness suspected and that thorough and deeper investigations will be embarked upon to get to the root cause of the arson.
Perhaps this is a warning to stakeholders in our education, that all schools must be well equipped with fire extinguishers that are constantly serviced and monitored, and that communities, and where possible even teachers, be equipped with the necessary skills to operate the gadgets, in order to deal with any eventuality.
May we also urge that necessary and quick steps be taken towards counselling of both learners and teachers, to deal with any post- traumatic stress concomitant with this.
Issued by Ben Machipi,