Commenting on concerns that the installation of cameras was costly‚ the foundation said "if we are serious in curbing school violence‚ we will have to invest in cameras for the long term benefit of the system itself...".
The foundation said it had tried to raise the issue of violence in schools with Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga in September 2017. "Our request fell on deaf ears. We will be escalating our request to the office of President Cyril Ramaphosa."
On Friday‚ the Gauteng education department said it was investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident depicted on a viral video showing a learner throwing something at her teacher.
The video footage shows the learner from a Three Rivers school throwing what appears to be an exercise book at a teacher in the classroom. The teacher walks out of the class while appearing to make a phone call after being hit by the book.
The department said a process to take the learner through a disciplinary hearing has started.
The department had also offered counselling to the affected teacher through the employee wellness programme.
“We urge all our learners to refrain from acts of misconduct in schools; and implore parents to assist the department in instilling learner discipline in and outside the school environment‚” Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said.