Newsletter 45 Learners assault teachers
LEARNERS ASSUALT THEIR TEACHERS
The Cape Argus reported today [05/12/16] that in Cape Town “Thirty attacks on Western Cape teachers by pupils, parents and residents have been reported to the provincial education department this year, but teacher unions believe the number of unreported cases is much higher. In 23 of the 29 matters reported between January and last month, pupils were the perpetrators in 14 assault cases, six of verbal abuse, two sexual abuse cases and one in which a weapon was used to threaten a teacher. Over the same period, there were three cases where parents were accused of verbally abusing teachers, one case of a resident verbally abusing a teacher and, in two cases, residents robbed teachers.”
Union leaders told the Cape Argus they were “extremely concerned” about the safety of their members, and were encouraging teachers to report cases to the police. It is further reported that;
The Pretoria News reported [September 2013] that another teacher has been attacked by a pupil – this time the teacher was shot and has ended up in hospital. “This second violent incident this week by pupils against teachers has raised questions about how safe our schools are.” The incident on Friday came just a day after an outrageous video went viral, showing a Grade 8 pupil from Glenvista High School, south of Joburg, attacking his teacher with a chair and a broom, while other pupils laughed and egged him on. The Sasolburg youth has been arrested. It is believed he is undergoing psychological assessments. He is expected to appear in the Sasolburg Magistrate’s Court soon.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has expressed outrage at the recent school violence. “The minister is disturbed by the violent behaviour of a Glenvista pupil and would recommend that all those present be given trauma counselling,” spokeswoman Troy Martens said. “This incident must be condemned in the strongest possible terms and the relevant punishment meted out.
“Schools should remain a no-violence zone where educators and pupils can feel safe for teaching and learning to take place. Violence will not be tolerated in schools, whether it is perpetuated by teachers, pupils or parents. Corporal punishment is not an option, as this is a form of violence in itself,” Martens said.
The Glenvista High School footage shows the pupil trying to retrieve what looks like a school bag from the teacher. After failing to get it back, he hits and kicks the teacher, then throws a chair and a broom as the teacher walks out of the classroom. The pupil and those cheering him on should all be disciplined, Martens said.
Christian Democratic Party leader Theunis Botha said the problem with ill-disciplined children was that corporal punishment has been banned in schools. “The Biblical teaching of ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’ has become taboo, and the country is paying the price.”