n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The scope of violence in a number of Gauteng Schools

Volume 22, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The mass communication media in South Africa carry reports on violence in all its forms on an almost daily basis, while there are numerous examples of the wave of violence that is engulfing South Africa (SA) and impacting on our school culture. Research has shown that harassment (including peer and sexual harassment) is rife in our schools. The isolated incidents of extreme school violence and the more "bizarre" exceptions of assault and sexual violence in schools receive wide media coverage, which makes it difficult to gauge the true scope of school violence. The SA National Schools Violence Study (NSVS) surveyed 245 schools country-wide and the statistics from the NSVS as well as the examples of media reportage lay bare the general feeling of malaise which is caused by the hopelessness and helplessness resulting from violence in schools. Although the issue of violence is a government priority, it is evident that the Department of Education has little or no comprehensive data on the levels of violence within schools, while there seems to be no or very little research specifically focusing on the perceptions of student teachers on school violence. The purpose of this research was therefore to determine the perceptions among teachers in the Pretoria region as well as student teachers at the University of Pretoria (UP) In this regard with a view to providing education departments with guidelines for dealing with the related challenges.

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