Teachers to Blame for School Violence, Says Report

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BYLINE: Yolande du Preez

PRETORIA: Teachers are mainly to blame for violence among pupils in South African schools, a report released by the University of South Africa (Unisa) has indicated.

The failure of schools to address bullying and sexual harassment, to recognise pupils as individuals and create a safe and caring environment are all contributing factors, Unisa's honorary professor of education Clive Harber said yesterday.

He described the report on the dynamics of violence in South Africa as "grim" and said he was shocked to see so many incidents of school violence reported on a daily basis.

Recently three pupils - one in Mossel Bay, one in Umhlanga and another in Pretoria - were stabbed to death at their schools by fellow pupils. A further four were injured earlier this week after stabbing one another at a Mitchells Plain school.

The report, based on interviews with pupils, principals and teachers in six provinces including Gauteng, Limpopo and the Western Cape, was presented to a group of teachers, principals and academics. …