Teachers and parents at a KwaZulu-Natal school yesterday called on students not to bring weapons to their classrooms after a pupil was killed last week.
The call came after officials from the education department, parents and teachers at Mdingi High School met to discuss safety measures at the school where Zimisele Sithole, 18, was killed last week.
Sithole died after he was allegedly stabbed by his friend.
The teachers said students threatened them with knives and arrived drunk at school. They blamed the education department for taking long to respond to their concerns.
"We told the department that the biggest problem is that we teach children who should not be at school.
"It is unsafe to have 23-year-old pupils and 15-year-old pupils mixing in one class," said a teacher.
Last week the school principal, Mkhishwa Ngcobo, had found four knives and discovered that pupils came drunk to school during a random search. He said the pupils said they came to school armed to protect themselves from bullies.
The meeting decided on the following measures:
l Security will beefed up at the school;
l No weapons would be brought on the school premises;
l Parents to enforce strict discipline at home;
l The department to deal with over-age students; and
l Pupils to obey the school rules.