Urgent Intervention Needed to Address Drug Abuse in Kokstad Schools

04 November 2014.

The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls on the Department of Education to urgently address the high prevalence of drug abuse in some high schools in Kokstad, southern KwaZulu-Natal, as substance abuse among children is reaching frightening proportions. 

"It is reported that dagga and alcohol abuse among Carl Malcomess High, Shayamoya High and Mount Currie High pupils is significant. Educators are struggling to teach binge-drinking and drug-taking pupils as they get to school late, tired and with no will to learn. We are very concerned that many of the pupils have poor role models and that parents are apathetic, very often ignoring their children's dagga and alcohol abuse issues. Schools are not a place for drugs and alcohol. This matter requires urgent intervention from the department," said IFP Spokesperson on Education, Mrs Thembeni Madlopha-Mthethwa, MPL. 

"The department is not doing enough to make learners aware of the dangers of using these substances, and the more children are given the message that using drugs is acceptable, the more they will do so. The terrifying degree to which drug abuse has become a part of everyday life for hundreds of thousands of South Africa children is evident today. Substance abuse in South Africa is a very real threat to the innocence and health of our children; especially when we see it on our school grounds and in social environments," continued Mrs Madlopha-Mthethwa. 

The IFP calls on the Department of Education to focus more on school-based drug and alcohol prevention programs to reduce drug and alcohol abuse in schools.


Issued by:
The IFP KZN Education Spokesperson, Mrs Thembeni KaMadlopha-Mthethwa, MPL, 071 884 3844 or 079 114 3015

Media enquiries:
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP KZN Legislature Media Liaison Officer, 073 024 5675