Question NW2245 to the Minister of Basic Education

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06 September 2017 - NW2245

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Mhlongo, Mr TW to ask the Minister of Basic Education

Has her department developed any joint plans with the Department of Social Development and/or the SA Police Service to assist learners who are engaged in substance abuse; if not, why not; if so, (a) what do the plans entail and (b) is there a specific budget allocated (i) nationally and/or (ii) to each province for the implementation of these plans?

Reply:

The DBE has a partnership protocol with the South African Police Services (SAPS) and a close collaboration with the Department of Social Development in providing referral services for learners who are engaged in substance abuse.

(a) what do the plans entail

  • Linking of schools to local police stations
  • Conducting searches and seizures in line with the South African School’s Act, 1996 (SASA)
  • Facilitating the signing of Provincial Partnership Protocols
  • Combatting alcohol and drug use amongst learners in schools
  • Closure of taverns/shebeens in close proximity of schools
  • Searches and seizures in schools upon reasonable suspicion of the carrying of/or trading in illegal substances or weapons
  • Addressing gangsterism in schools and communities
  • Crime prevention programmes in schools

(b) is there a specific budget allocated

(i) nationally and/or

  • The national department has a budget to train and monitor the implementation of programmes by provinces.

(ii) to each province for the implementation of these plans?

  • Provinces budget for implementation of their own programmes.