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education90The New Age reports that violence against teachers has drawn widespread condemnation from teacher unions and professional bodies.  

SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) chairperson, Tshidiso Ledimo, said incidents that made it into the media were just the tip of the iceberg and that teachers had to deal with worse and even greater risks.  He said the matter raised a big question of how children were raised in society and indicated that they had been demanding for a long time that psychologists be deployed in schools.  The Progressive Principals Association also expressed concern over the frequency of school stabbings and bullying after a recent school stabbing incident in the Western Cape last week.  Chairperson Rushda O’Shea said more advocacy and violence prevention programmes were needed at schools.  However, Themba Ndlovu of the SA Council of Educators (SACE), said the lack of statistics relating to attacks on teachers made it difficult to ascertain just how widespread the problem was.  “We are going to Parliament next week and we have to be honest and say that there are no statistics to indicate the level of violence faced by teachers…  Teachers are being abused but stay quiet because they see no point in reporting,” Ndlovu said.  The Education for Social Justice Foundation said it would now escalate its quest for cameras to be installed in schools to the office of the president.

  • Read this report by Lerato Diale and Shonisani Tshikalange in full at The New Age

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