Tebogo Msimanga |
Gauteng Education MEC Mr Matome Chiloane says he is saddened by the death of a Grade 7 boy learner (12) from Avanté Primary School in Randfontein who allegedly committed suicide on Thursday, 6 October 2022.
This incident occurred after counselling sessions with the learner at school, emanating from concerns over his well-being, before recess in September 2022.
MEC Chiloane said their Psychosocial Unit partnered with Vuka Ukhanye (NGO) and other local support systems to individually debrief and counsel learners, facilitating loss group internalization and helping learners externalize their thoughts of concerns.
“We wish to convey our deepest sympathies to the family, and school community at large, for their loss. As the Department, we are shattered by this incident. We call upon learners who may be experiencing personal difficulties to reach out to our support systems that are readily available at their schools”.