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Violence towards teachers in schools (2 October 2013)

Violence towards teachers in schools

At the end of last term we were shocked by reports of physical attacks by learners on teachers.  These are not isolated incidents unfortunately.  There are an increasing number of reports of teachers being physically attacked.  This must be seen against a background of verbal abuse and bullying from learners, parents and even departmental officials that seems to have become endemic.

At the 2012 Annual Conference in Gauteng one of the Resolutions drew attention to the feelings of frustration that teachers experience and the lack of any viable options to stem the tide of ill-discipline and lawlessness that is being experienced.  While it is true that the vast majority of our learners react responsible most of the time, the exceptions who exhibit irresponsible behaviour and violent nature are becoming more evident and are often supported by equally ill-disciplined children.  Discipline starts in the home and the actions of children reflect on the early education and training, or the lack thereof, given by parents and family.

At the Conference this year the delegates established a draft Charter for Teachers’ Rights and Responsibilities.  This should also be viewed in conjunction with the NAPTOSA Charter of Teachers’ Professionalism adopted by our Province and due to be launched by NAPTOSA.  We do not shirk what we should be doing which is to teach children!  But teachers have a right to be safe and feel secure and to be able to teach without interference.

We are aware of so many incidents of violence perpetrated against teachers by learners and parents.  Few of them attract any attention by the education department even after having been reported.  Why was this attack against a teacher at Glenvista High dealt with by the department with such speed and commented on by the Minister so quickly while others are not?  I think many suspect that the unwelcome publicity experienced by a video gone viral is not entirely unconnected!

Naptosa Gauteng  is designing a questionnaire for members to determine the extent of the scourge of violence against teachers in our education system in this province. 



         Violence in  schools – Internet reports    


Die Burger. Dis ouers se plig om kinders op te voed (25 Sept 2013)
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Die Beeld. Kommentaar en ontledeing – donker prentjie van SA se skole (24 Sep 2013)
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IOL News. Shot teacher doing well – hospital (21 Sep 2013)
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Eye Witness News. Glenvista teachers attack a social problem (21 Sep 2013)

President of NAPTOSA  quoted.  Click here 


Volksblad.  Kind skiet onderwyser in been (20 Sep 2013)
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IOL News. Sasolburg pupil shoots teacher (20 Sep) 
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DBE media Statement . Minister Motshekga will not tolerate violence in schools. (20 September 2013)
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Volksblad. Gesloer na tugverhore benadeel skooldissipline  (10 Sep 2013)
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