n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Teachers' experiences of conflict and violence in township schools : a case study of Walmer-Gqebera, South Africa

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



Violence and conflict are prevalent in South African schools and are especially widespread in townships and informal settlements. The aim of this study was to explore and describe teachers' perceptions and experiences of conflict, violence and aggressive behaviour in the schools of Walmer-Gqebera Township in South Africa. This study reveals that teachers experience insults, threats, bullying, conflict and physical violence among learners on a daily basis, with much of it happening in classrooms. Violence and aggressive behaviour in township schools are caused by a complex interaction of micro factors at the community level and macro factors linked to socioeconomic conditions and the educational structure. Failure to address the problems in South African schools holistically will further increase the alienation of students from a culture of learning, and contribute to spiraling and destructive cycles of conflict and violence.

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