Matric pupil collapses and dies during PT session at Benoni school

21 February 2019 - 16:49 By Nonkululeko Njilo
Classroom. File photo.
Classroom. File photo.
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A matric pupil collapsed and died during a physical training session at the Liverpool High School in Benoni on the East Rand on Thursday, the Gauteng education department has confirmed.

The department said it was left saddened by the incident.

"This is to inform that this afternoon [Thursday] a grade 12 learner collapsed during physical training at Liverpool High School in Actonville. Unfortunately, the learner was certified dead," said the department's spokesperson, Steve Mabona.

Mabona said education MEC Panyaza Lesufi had visited the school to convey his condolences. Counselling would be provided.

"Our psychosocial unit team will be dispatched to the school [on Friday] for necessary counselling,” said Mabona.

The department could not provide more details at the time of publishing.