n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Managing safety and security in rural and township schools : case studies from KwaZulu-Natal

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Safety and security in schools is not only a South African, but a global challenge. This article examines the management of safety and security in KwaZulu-Natal. Learners and educators are assaulted and killed on school premises in the province despite the presence of a plethora of educational legislation. A qualitative approach was used. Learners, principals and educators who participated in this study were selected by means of purposive sampling. Data were collected during one-on-one and focus group interviews. Findings indicated that some schools in KwaZulu-Natal are not safe. There are hurdles to the establishment of safety and security in some schools, characterised by the negligence of school principals in the implementation of policies. Administration of corporal punishment is evident in a number of schools and evidence of weapons and drugs being brought onto school premises was also found. Results also indicated a lack of strong partnerships between law enforcement agencies and parents in the provision of safety and security in schools. From the study it emerged that the management of safety and security in schools does not happen in a structured way. As part of the recommendations, an action plan for safer schools, based on the Safer school model of Van Jaarsveld, Minnaar and Morrison (2012: 132) is presented to assist principals, school governing bodies and other partners. The model specifically gives guidelines to manage safety and security in KwaZulu-Natal schools.


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