‘Pens down parties’ a bad idea – MEC Lesufi

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These parties are events where learners, especially Grade 12 learners, celebrate the end of exams.

Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said these parties often lead to tragedy.

“All sorts of ungodly activities take place at these parties, including indulging in drugs, unprotected sex and destruction of school uniforms – which needs to be condemned on all fronts,” he said.

The GDE, therefore, implores parents to be alert and monitor the movements of their children and discourage them from participating in such acts.

The department is also appealing to owners of liquor stores and taverns be responsible for the sale of alcohol to minors.

“We plead with parents and members of the community to discourage these activities as they have the potential to rob our children of their futures,” said Lesufi.

“Equally, our children need to know that there are more important things in life and that the consequences of such practices are often detrimental.

“We encourage our learners to donate their school uniform to their school instead of destroying it so that underprivileged learners can benefit.”

The Gauteng Provincial Government, through the Social Cluster departments, has organised activities for youth during the holiday period. The cluster has appointed facilitators, caregivers and site managers for the school holiday programme, which will run during the first week of December.

Learners will be transported to various heritage sites as part of the programme, known as “know your province”, including Johannesburg Zoo, Freedom Park, Constitutional Hill, Maropeng and Gold Reef City.

Lana O’Neill
Assistant Editor

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