By: Nosipho Haya-Komisa
The Eastern Department of Education MEC Fundile Gade has conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the Teyise family following the death of their son.
The 18-year-old and a grade 12 learner at Dale College, Liyabona Teyise passed away at Frere hospital on Sunday after sustaining head injuries during a school rugby tournament in East London.
According to the school, Liyabona lost consciousness but managed to walk from the field and was rushed to Frere hospital where he was assisted with oxygen and it was discovered that he had extensive bleeding on the brain.
Eastern Cape department of education spokesperson Malibongwe Mtima said the department has dispatched a team to investigate the matter.
‘’Although details of the incident are still sketchy as the school principal has not yet submitted a report on the matter since it happened during the weekend. Upon learning about this incident, the MEC has instructed the District Manager to assemble a team to investigate the matter,’’ he said.
Mtima says that his department will act based on the recommendations of the investigation.
‘’This report will contain recommendations on the needed support and the department will act upon receiving those. The incident happened whilst the schools were playing their friendly fixtures which are done in consultation with the departmental school sports Directorate which authorizes them,’’ he said.
He further said that on Monday the department sent a team of professional educational psychologists to the school.
‘’Apart from that, tomorrow morning, an educational psychologist will be at the school tomorrow at 08h00 for the support of learners and whoever may need support to deal with this ordeal. Furthermore, the wellness of both learners and teachers will be further referred to by Social Development for more counsellors if there is a need. Any intervention may be dictated by the situation at hand,” said Mtima.