Violence In Schools Case Study

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Introduction “South African schools are worst affected by violence” (Mahlobo, 2000, p.10). Mahlobo (as cited in Morrell, 1998) noted that the worst schools that are affected by violence are township schools. Schools must be a safe place for teaching and learning without fear and distractions, simply because learners or teachers will not be able to study or teach at a non-safety place. Will (2013) argues that maintenance of a safe and supportive learning environment is significant for learners to trust each other and their teacher. School violence is a barrier to effective learning and teaching. According to Xaba (2006) indicated that effective teaching and learning can take place only in a safe and protected school environment. Xaba (2006)…show more content…
The World Health Organization (2002) defines violence as the intentional use of physical force or power threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community that either results in or has a high likelihood or resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation (http://www.who.int/topics/violence/en/). The role of learners in schools is to study and respect their teachers because teachers are like their parents and they are providing them with knowledge that will assist them to succeed in future. Indeed, nowadays learners tend to abuse those teachers by using these forms of violence physical, sexual and verbal. Physical violence occurs when someone uses a portion of their body or an object to control a person’s actions (http://wwww.gov.ni.ca/VP/t...). Male learners are found to be the major perpetrators and assault on teachers especially to women teachers due to the fact that they are weaker…show more content…
Duma as cited in (Richard & Frazer, 2001) argues that these community risk factors consist of poverty, unemployed, and inadequate health services, lack of recreational facilities or quality education, exposure to violence, sexually transmitted diseases, and access to dangerous weapons, substance abuse, racial and media violence .The most frequently cited community causes of school violence are the decline of living conditions accompanied by poverty, unemployment, overcrowding, a high population turnover, and racial and ethnic heterogeneity (Duma cited in De Wet, 2007). Violence also has impact on the quality of teaching and
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