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education blackboard thumb medium80 92City Press recounts some of the tales of violence in schools that teachers related last week.  Pupils slap, stab, threaten and throw chairs at teachers.  

Teachers fight schoolboys over schoolgirls, while female teachers are sexually harassed by boys they teach, the same boys who have had sex with other women teachers.  “Things are getting out of hand.  It’s the survival of the fittest.  It’s the law of the jungle out here,” said one teacher.  On Tuesday, nongovernmental organisations, police and officials of the departments of cooperative governance and social development met to discuss alternatives to smacking, spanking and other forms of corporal punishment.  This followed a high court judgment in October that made it unlawful for adults to physically discipline children.  Experts tabled no real alternatives in a context that there are no serious repercussions for unacceptable actions.  Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke said the situation at schools around the country was bad.  “Pupils violate the rights of other pupils and teachers, and teachers violate the rights of pupils and of other teachers.”  He said social ills and violent service-delivery protests had compounded the problem.  The only solution was for parents to discipline their children and teach them the value of education.  The South African Council for Educators has no figures of how many teachers have been assaulted by pupils.

  • Read this report by Msindisi Fengu in full at City Press

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