n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - School violence : tough problems demand smart answers




This paper explores the occurrence, nature, and forms of violence in South African Schools. The Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor, supplied figures for the year 2004 during which a large number of incidents of assault, sexual violence, and violence involving lethal weapons were perpetrated. With the involvement of the Education Department, teaching personnel, parents, law enforcement officials, and learners, attempts are being made to create a safe school environment. The physical environment may be the optimal place to start. Securing the school premises and being strict about who is admitted to the school grounds is a practical problem that demands practical solutions. Finding solutions to the psychological problems of pupils who resort to violence is far more problematic and cannot be approached on the level of installing locks and fences. The escalation of change, the availability of drugs, and the abuse many learners are subjected to have all contributed to a culture of resorting to violent solutions in a context of personal and interpersonal problems.


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