Poor parent involvement linked to ill-discipline in schools, says Education DG

The Department Of Basic Education (DBE) has called on South African parents to play a more active in schools and be more involved in their children's learning.

DBE Director-General Mathanzima Mweli says parents also need to play a participative role in disciplining their children, instead of placing the burden on educators alone.

At the same time, Mweli says the department has developed a protocol to deal with corporal punishment in a bid to warn teachers of the dangers of the unlawful practice.

A number of videos have gone viral on social media recently showing teachers beating pupils.

Read: Family spokesperson describes how 13-year-old bullied boy died

Corporal punishment is not only prohibited in schools, the Constitution and international law doesn't allow it anywhere.

Mathanzima Mweli, Director-General at Department Of Basic Education

Schools that are running well, it correlates with parental involvement.

Mathanzima Mweli, Director-General at Department Of Basic Education

He maintains that school is an important part of the up-bringing of South Africa's young people, while it also reflects the state of society.

Also read: 'Tackling discipline in schools is part of improving school performance'

There are ways that parents can try make time to work with schools in bringing up our children.

Mathanzima Mweli, Director-General at Department Of Basic Education

Schools are a microcosm of civil society... They are social institutions and reflect values that we aspire to and various developments.

Mathanzima Mweli, Director-General at Department Of Basic Education

What we see in the schools today is clearly a reflection of our society.

Mathanzima Mweli, Director-General at Department Of Basic Education

Meanwhile, educational psychologist Dr Smangele Mayisela says today's children are facing new challenges and opportunities amid technological advances and new online trends.

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