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n South African Journal of Education - 'n Media-analise oor misdaad in die Suid-Afrikaanse onderwys
A media analysis on crime in South African education
In a content analysis report it was attempted to determine how and with what purpose the printed media report on crime in the South African education sector. The following discursive themes were identified : Media criticism against black educators and learners. Children's rights. Crime in education as a reflection of the disintegration of community values. Principals' denial that crimes were perpetrated at their schools. The relation between location of schools and crime. A culture of violence and crime reigns in education. A spirit of despair and fear pervades education as a result of crime. The media as advocates and mouthpieces for the wronged parties. A political discourse in which attention is paid to racism, as well as the influence of the apartheid and integrated education systems on crime. Finally a number of less prominent themes such as control of firearms, effectiveness of the police, and parental involvement are dealt with. On the grounds of the content analysis it could be concluded that crime is running riot in South African education. However, the possibility exists that this conclusion was based on a skewed media reality.
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