The Eastern Cape Department of Education says it is working closely with the Department of Safety and Community Liaison to address safety at schools.
The education department says crimes such as murder, burglary and vandalism at schools increase during holiday breaks.
Jongintaba High School, which is located in Mthatha, is one of schools that have fallen victim to the escalating crime in the province.
Education authorities have been forced to close it down.
Provincial Education Spokesperson Vuyiseka Mboxela says, “It started last year when people would just be shot and you find that there is nothing that is traced to the crime. What is actually happening is that there is a suspicion that there could be drugs issues that are taking place. The other issue that the MEC has raised is that a solution needs to be found to the problem of taverns that are close to schools and operate for 24 hours and that also contributes.”