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School violence hasn't reached crisis proportions yet, says DBE

25 March 2019 12:30 PM
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School violence
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Department director of school safety Paseka Njobe says that although the levels of violence are high, they are not yet a crisis.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) claims that while school violence is a growing problem in South Africa, it is not yet a crisis.

The department's director of school safety Paseka Njobe insists that although the levels of violence are rising, they are not yet at crisis proportions.

Read: Focusing on early childhood could help curb school violence in SA, says NPO

He warns that it may become a crisis if school violence is normalised.

If this becomes normalised then we will have a crisis.

Mr Paseka Njobe, Director for School Safety – Department of Basic Education

Njobe acknowledges the existence of cyberbullying, corporal punishment, physical violence and sexual violence in schools, but does not give detailed specific statistics.

He says safeguarding the 25 746 public schools in the country requires a collective effort between teachers, principals, school safety committees, school governing bodies (SGBs), circuit offices and district offices.

Njobe explains that certain education officials are responsible for liaising with police and the Department of Social Development.

Schools are also tasked with recording violent occurrences every quarter, he adds.

We have signed a protocol with Saps that links every school to a police station.

Mr Paseka Njobe, Director for School Safety – Department of Basic Education

When you look at the schools on the Cape Flats, they are more like prisons than schools in terms of the security put there.

Mr Paseka Njobe, Director for School Safety – Department of Basic Education

Also read: 'Violence in schools is a national crisis not just an educational crisis'

Meanwhile, education researcher Professor Vusi Mncube says school violence is at a crisis point.

He says that corporal punishment, in particular schools, is an unacceptable occurrence in the classroom space.

Teachers have to have the emotional intelligence to handle the classroom.

Prof. Vusi Mncube, Deputy Dean of Research in Education – Fort Hare University

Listen to the in-depth discussion on The Eusebius McKaiser Show:


This article first appeared on 702 : School violence hasn't reached crisis proportions yet, says DBE


25 March 2019 12:30 PM
Tags:
Education
Police
School violence
Schools
Corporal punishment
Teachers
School safety
Crisis
pupils
SGB
DBE
Paseka Njobe
Vusi Mncube

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