The African National Congress is starting its “dispute resolution process” in a bid to address the a.
Parents are responsible for their children's behaviour.
Gauteng's education department gave this advice after a report published in Sowetan yesterday about RW Fick Senior Secondary School pupils who bunk classes to have sex at Highgate Mall.
The department spokesman, Panyaza Lesufi, said parents were spending time watching soapies on television instead of ensuring their their children did their homework.
"Parents must stop wasting their parental responsibilities on the Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our lives."
He said soapies were depriving parents of quality time with their children.
Lesufi said discipline starts at home and if parents do not take care of their children, it becomes a societal problem. He said there was no law on truancy in the country and the onus was on parents to discipline their children.
He said schools were doing all they could to instil discipline but some parents were let down the initiatives.
"As a parent, you should know what your child is up to, no matter how tight your schedule. No parent can say he or she is too busy for their children."
Highgate Mall management said the pupils were a menace, disrespectful "and do disgusting things in the toilets".
The school's deputy principal said pupils deliberately come to school late so that they would find the gates locked and that they then go to the mall.
He said they locked the gates at 8am to avoid class disruption.
Lesufi said the department could not dictate what happens outside the school gates - that was the responsibility of parents.