A grade 6 learner passed away during a school trip

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Tebogo Msimanga |

Gauteng Education MEC Matome Chiloane says he is saddened to have learned about an incident that took place on Friday, 2 December 2022, where a Grade 6 boy learner from Refalotse Primary School in Winterveld, Tshwane passed away during a school trip.

Gauteng Education Spokesperson Steve Mabona said according to information at their disposal, Grade 6 learners, accompanied by teachers and some parents, travelled to a resort on Friday morning for a school trip.

“Upon arrival, learners were assembled for a formal ceremony and proceeded to have lunch thereafter. After lunch, the learners changed into their swimwear to go play at the swimming pools under the supervision of educators and parents”.

Mabona said it is alleged that educators and parents were alerted by learners of a fellow learner who was unresponsive in one of the swimming pools. The educators are reported to have immediately removed the learner from the swimming pool and tried to resuscitate him while waiting for emergency services and police to respond accordingly.

“Unfortunately, the learner was certified dead by paramedics upon their arrival”.  The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident.

Meanwhile, MEC Chiloane will visit the school on Tuesday, 06 December 2022.

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