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education blackboard thumb medium80 92The New Age writes that for many teachers entering a classroom is akin to walking into a war zone where they risk their lives daily to teach ungovernable pupils.  

“I have been pulled by my braids, sworn at, called a b***h, had water thrown in my face and had my tyres slashed for trying to discipline pupils,” was how one Johannesburg teacher with 13 years of teaching experience described her experiences in the classroom.  For three other Gauteng teachers they were stuck between a rock and a hard place:  “If you retaliate you face dismissal, if you don’t defend yourself they could kill you.”  *Thulisile (not her real name), a Grade 7 teacher at a Joburg school has described teaching as “a never-ending traumatic experience”.  She said even principals were running out of ideas on how to deal with troublesome pupils.  Molefi (not his real name), who has been teaching for more than 20 years, feels that pupils have more rights than teachers and there is nothing teachers can do.  He said teaching had become dangerous and as a result teachers should be given “danger pay”.  In Gauteng alone, 431 pupils were recommended for expulsion in the 2016- 17 financial year for various offences including violence, drug dealing and drug abuse.

  • Read this report by Lerato Diale and Shonisani Tshikalange in full at The New Age
  • Read too, Violence in schools is under-reported‚ says teachers’ association, at Timeslive
  • And also, Teachers at Sowetan school seek protection from principal, at SowetanLive

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