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Mon Dec 22 06:56:12 SAST 2014

School should be out for older pupils: iLIVE

iLIVE | 23 November, 2012 00:07
Matriculants writing their end-of-year examinations at Thuto Lehakwe secondary school on October 24, 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Image by: Daniel Born

What possible justification is there for a 19-year-old still being in Grade 11 ("Alleged bullying ends tragically", November 21)?

Pupils who are over 16 and have not passed Grade 8 should be streamed into a technical college education.

These young people are clearly not academically inclined so a further education, that will equip them with the necessary skills for jobs in the trade and industry sector, is the obvious way forward for them.

It is common knowledge that bullying is often a symptom of feelings of inadequacy and inferiority, which can manifest in aggressive behaviour.

The education department has to come up with a pragmatic solution - as a matter of urgency - to prevent future tragedy. - mj42morro, by e-mail

I AM so fed up with Angie Motshekga - for her mismanagement of education and not taking responsibility for the mess on her watch - that I get annoyed with her even when she's right ("Minister tells parents to check school bags for weapons", yesterday).

Parents are responsible for the way their children behave, but that is not always what happens. Pupils' behaviour affects her department. It is her job to deal with the problem, including bullying at schools. - Adele, by e-mail


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