The Just Grace Community Development Programme in Langa has embarked on a tardiness campaign that will see pupils from four high schools and a primary school encouraged to be on time by giving them support and motivating them to take education seriously.
Nozibele Ndunge a social worker at Just Grace Community Development Programme said most pupils lacked motivation and felt forced to go to school she said they wanted to instill a positive attitude and for the pupils to see that they are supported in their journey.
Ndunge said arriving late had escalated in Langa and needed urgent attention from not only the teachers but also the community. She said traffic was one of the major reasons given by pupils for arriving late.
Western Cape Education Department spokesperson Bronagh Hammond said the department was continuously engaging with schools with regards to arriving late.
Hammond said arriving late not only affects the pupil because of the lost learning time but is likely to be disruptive for other pupils in the class.
Hammond said schools were allowed to take various disciplinary approaches when dealing with latecomers like detention, compulsory after-school activities, or activities such as picking up litter.
According to Hammond measures to curb late coming vary from school to school and while some measures such as detention work at some schools, at others they are not effective
She added that schools need to determine what measures work best for themselves and while there are often very valid reasons for late coming in some schools there are instances where pupils are habitually late.
The WCED spokesperson added that schools must deal with tardiness on a case-by-case basis as well as monitor each pupil’s attendance, and address habitual latecomers’ parents or guardians on this behaviour.
However the spokesperson said pupils could not be refused entry into a school for being late.
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