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education blackboard thumb medium80 92EWN reports that according to the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA (Naptosa), there are insufficient counsellors at schools to deal with the violence occurring on school premises.

Last Thursday, the schooling community in Gauteng was rocked after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death, allegedly by a 14-year-old girl from a neighbouring school in Alexandra. In the same week, a 17-year-old boy was recovering in hospital after he was stabbed several times with a pair of scissors by another pupil. While some of the violence has been attributed to gangsterism and social ills spilling into the school environment, Naptosa’s Basil Manuel said there was a lack of intervention from the basic education department. “We don’t see anything being done in terms of a concerted working together of parents, schools and of course, the Education Department. One of the problems that we’ve long identified is the lack of any form of counsellors at the schools. There are no more teacher counsellors at schools. So when problems present themselves before they result in something, there’s no intervention,” said Manuel

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Veronica Mokhoali at EWN


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