Gauteng learner, teacher die in two separate incidents

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The Gauteng Department of Education is in mourning following two separate incidents involving a learner and an educator.

A Grade 12 teacher from Hyde Park Secondary School was allegedly found hanging in the school’s sports grounds yesterday.

On Tuesday, a Grade 11 learner from Jeppe High School for Boys died following a rugby match.

It is said that the learner was not feeling well after the match.

Gauteng Education spokesperson Steve Mabona says, “Our Psycho-Social Support Unit has been dispatched to both schools for necessary trauma counselling and support. We are deeply disheartened by these tragic incidents and wish to extend our most sincerest condolences to the families of the departed, as well as their respective school communities.”

Past incidents 

Other tragic incidents within the province’s schools have taken place since the start of this year.

Early last month, a Grade 8 learner from Oakdale Secondary School in Ennerdale, south of Johannesburg, died after he was stabbed outside the school’s premises.

The learner was allegedly stabbed after a fight broke out between some pupils.

In January, a Grade 7 learner from Laerskool Queenswood in Pretoria drowned during a school trip in the East Rand.

The drowning sparked concerns about safety during school trips, as incidents of a similar nature have taken place before.

In the video below, Mabona elaborates on safety measures during Gauteng school outings: