By Kagiso Metswamere
Parents have been urged play a more active role in bringing up their children so as to avoid the high incidence of crime in schools, says Education Minister Naledi Pandor.
Responding to questions raised during the National Council of Province (NCOP) sitting in Potchefstroompot, the minister said to solve the challenge of crime in schools, parents must teach their children manners at home.
"It is not the responsibility of schools only to discipline your children, I believe that charity begins at home. We need to start at home to discipline these children,' the minister said.
Ms Pandor said learners who take knives to schools mostly do because their parents did not take full responsibility to ensure that their kids did not cause trouble in schools.
She said in some of cases the department was aware of, the boys had brought their knives from home.
She said parents must communicate with their children.
Enoch Moanogwa, 34, of Ikageng said government needed to do something about the inequalities in tertiary institutions.
"I am concerned about the issue of inequality in our tertiary school; government must do something because we still have white institutions and black institutions.
"Many black families are unable to take their children to these so-called "white tertiary institutions? because of poverty and unemployment in their home,' he said.
"I want to make a request to Parliament to make sure that universities become equal and make sure that it becomes clear that we live in a democratic society.'
The minister told members of the community that the initiative to merge tertiary institutions which was introduced by government was intended to close the gab between white and black tertiary institutions in South Africa.
"We are doing our best to ensure that there should not be white or black institutions.
"We have introduced a merger policy which is working well for our people and we are in the process of ensuring that there is equality in the university staff,' said Ms Pandor.