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Condolences Pour In Following Free State Teacher’s Murder By Unknown Suspects

A 53-year-old principal from Mooifontein Primary School in Zastron, in the Free State, has succumbed to gunshot wounds.

Andile Ketso was shot by unknown suspects in Zastron.

Free State Department of Education said Ketso started the teaching profession in 1992 and was a Physical Science teacher at Lere-La-Thuto Secondary School before he was promoted as a principal.

The Free State Education Department has shared its condolences with the family members, learners and colleagues of a school principal who was gunned down at Zastron in the Free State.

Spokesperson, Howard Ndaba says the Department has lost a dedicated teacher who always strived for quality results.

Ndaba also condemned violence at schools, and called on all management teams, school governing bodies, and learners to strengthen school safety and build relationships with police.

“We want to take this opportunity to convey our sincere condolences to the family of Andile Ketso who’s a principal at Mooifontein Farm school in Zastron. Mr Ketso was gunned down and the suspects and motive for his killing are still unknown. He was a very dedicated educator who’s teaching physical science, he joined the department in 1992,” says Ndaba.

He further added that Ketso was a very dedicated principal and educator who joined the Education Department in 1992 as a junior teacher.

Last month, Dr Granville Whittle, deputy director-general at the basic education department, told parliament the national school safety framework remained their primary strategic response to school violence.

“It is based on a social ecological systems model, which locates the school within its broader community. It relies on collaboration and partnership. South Africa joined the Safe to Learn global campaign to end violence in schools, in partnership with Unesco and Unicef,” he said.

The education department said its partnership with the departments of justice and social development ensured improved vetting of teachers and other staff, and the establishment of a national school safety steering committee with related government departments and social partners to better coordinate safety interventions.

Whittle further said that in collaboration the department has also embarked on interventions aimed at addressing hotspots for most at risk schools.

Some of the measures include improving the built environment, such as considering learner safety when planning school infrastructure, as well as closure of taverns and liquor outlets in close proximity to schools, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, SAPS and South African Local Government Association (SALGA).

The measures also include search and seizures in partnership with SA Police Service (SAPS) and the provision of security guards to schools at risk.

The SAPS said school based crime prevention would be intensified and that the collaborative agreement with DBE would be revised in order to make it more effective. 

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