News clipping – News 24.com – 10 March 2011
Dagga, knives found at school
Knives, cigarettes and dagga were some of the items found during a raid at a Pietermaritzburg school on Thursday.
He was addressing reporters after knives, cigarettes and dagga were found at Copesville Secondary School on Thursday.
A rise in drug use and other substance abuse has prompted the KwaZulu-Natal education department to embark on an ambitious drug-busting campaign which was launched in Pietermaritzburg.
The campaign saw 300 police officers raiding Copesville Secondary School with pupils undergoing searches for drugs and weapons.
Mchunu said recent studies had shown that drug abuse was rife in Pietermaritzburg and the department had decided to kick-start the campaign in the KwaZulu-Natal capital.
According to the teachers at Copesville, the use of drugs had become a worrying factor and unruly pupils had found new ways of hiding drugs, including using the classroom ceilings.
Mchunu also cautioned pupils, especially girls, against engaging in sexual activities, saying this would have a negative impact on their future.
He said pregnancy at schools was an ongoing concern for the department.
Mchunu also advised the display of posters containing police numbers in all schools. This, he said, would enable teachers to call the police if any drugs were found at the school