Limpopo DBE offers counselling following pupil’s death

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Limpopo Basic Education Department is working with the Department of Social Development to offer counselling following the death of a pupil at a winter support camp.

“The department wishes to express its sadness due to the death of Benedict Phaswane Monene, a Grade 12 learner from Mphari Secondary school in Mogalakwena, Baltimore circuit, Waterberg District.

“After receiving the sad news, the host principal called other members of the management at the centre, where a decision was taken to discontinue the camp,” said the department.

Monene was playing football with his peers when he suddenly collapsed and was rushed to Mankuwe clinic, where he was sadly certified dead. 

According to the department, Monene’s family indicated that they were aware that their son had health problems but never considered them serious.

Monene, was attending the two-week winter support camp as part of curbing the high failure rate in Grade 12. The camp was arranged at Kgobuki Primary school for 298 learners from eight secondary schools from Baltimore circuit. 

Learners arrived at the camp on 24 June 2018 and lessons commenced on 25 June 2018.

Winter support camps are the department’s intervention strategy to improve the quality of learner performance and Grade 12 results in the province.

Monene will be laid to rest on 07 July 2018. – SAnews.gov.za

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