17 stabbings in W Cape schools 2019 first term

The rate of school's stabbing seems to be growing at an alarming rate.

In the Western Cape alone there were 17 stabbings reported in school in the first term of 2019.

Director of Communications at WCED, Bronagh Hammond says this problem is not only happening in Western Cape but across South Africa.

In another incident this week, a schoolboy was stabbed to death near Mondeor High school in Johannesburg.

Read: 'Violence in schools is a national crisis not just an educational crisis'

We can put all the safety measures in place that we want, but learners find means and ways to get that knife into the school.

Bronagh Hammond, Director of Communications - Western Cape Education Department

We've had security guards and police check the learner's school bags but you can throw a knife over the fence as easy as you can throw a sweet. It's that easy...

Bronagh Hammond, Director of Communications - Western Cape Education Department

Hammond says the department is trying its best to put in security measures as well as to engage the learners.

She says various programs have been rolled out in schools to send a message about the value of life to learners.

We have a health and wellness program and specialists who go out to schools to council and debrief when incidents do occur.

Bronagh Hammond, Director of Communications - Western Cape Education Department

It is traumatising, not only the incidents of stabbing, we've had incidents of violence against teachers and we are trying to address that as much as we can.

Bronagh Hammond, Director of Communications - Western Cape Education Department

The discipline in our school it's not where it should be. Learners are disrespectful...

Bronagh Hammond, Director of Communications - Western Cape Education Department

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