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