n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - The role of teachers in bullying in Lesotho : a case study

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



This case study was undertaken to investigate the role teachers played in promoting, permitting and preventing bullying in a co-educational international school, situated in Maseru, Lesotho. This school serves Preschool to Grade 10 children of expatriate and local families. Online questionnaires were completed by learners and teachers. The study found that bullying is widespread in the school despite the safe and inviting culture created by the teachers' caring and respectful demeanour towards their learners. This paradox may be attributed to different views on the prevalence of bullying, teachers' inappropriate behaviour when bullying occurs, and teachers' apathy towards bullying, as well as learners' unwillingness to report cases of bullying to their teachers. The study recommends the development, implementation and evaluation of an encompassing research based anti-bullying programme for the school, as well as the training of teachers in bullying prevention strategies.

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