A primary school principal in Germiston, Ekurhuleni is recovering in a hospital after being allegedly shot by a grade 6 pupil.  In a statement Gauteng education Spokesperson Steve Mabona said the incident occurred on Friday(16/02/24) morning at Primrose Hill School. Mabona said the principal saw learners sitting in the foyer and instructed them to take out their workbooks to study.

“The Grade 6 learner allegedly mumbled something in response, but the principal ignored him. He saw the learner again later near the staff room, which is when he was unfortunately shot by him with a firearm.The principal was then rushed to a local medical facility for necessary attention and is currently recovering from his injuries”, Mabona said in a statement. The learner has since been arrested with the fire arm suspected to be belonging to his parents and is going to appear in court soon.

Department of Education  Psycho-Social Support  Unit will visit the school on Monday, 19 February 2024, to provide necessary counselling and trauma support. Employee Wellness will also assist the principal and employees at the school following this traumatic incident.

Commenting about this incident Gauteng Education MEC Matome Chiloane said he is deeply devastated by  the incident and wished the principal a speedy recovery.

“Indeed, we are taken aback by the nature of this incident and the manner in which it occurred, and we discourage such acts of misconduct at our schools. We will be invoking necessary disciplinary action against the learner, while also monitoring the principal’s condition to ensure that he returns to full health. Our plea is for parents to not refrain from instilling discipline in their children,” said MEC Chiloane.


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