While school formals and martic dances are carefully planned and regulated, the after parties are not. These often happen off school property and can get out of hand , particularity when alcohol is in the mix. This can often lead to dangerous situations.
Just last week a group Cape Town matrics learnt this when unwelcome intruders barged into their afterparty at a club and caused havoc. Some of the matriculates were beaten, cellphones and purses were stolen and older men made advances at the young girls.
This raised the question, who is responsible or regulates school after parties. Tim Gordon, CEO of the Governing Body Foundation says there are no formal regulations for these events.
Like the Western Cape Education Department, the Governing Body Foundation says that these regulations are up to the individual governing bodies of schools.
The school themselves decide on what is appropriate in their particular set up, their whole community and that their arrangements are set up according to their code of conduct.— Tim Gordon, CEO of the Governing Body Foundation
Whilst this is the Governing Body Foundation's stance, Gordon says that these events do have to be carefully handled.
He adds that one must be careful in advocating responsibility and lay down some hard and fast expectations that are made clear to parents, so they know what the dancer are.
We certainly believe that the schools must make it very clear to parents what their expectations are and very clear to the young people themselves.— Tim Gordon, CEO of the Governing Body Foundation
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