Bullying at school a problem - survey

2012-07-07 08:19
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Johannesburg - About 28% of South African school pupils and their parents worry about bullying, a survey has shown.

"The relatively high incidence of bullying shows that there is a real problem in many schools, and this clearly needs to be tackled head on," researchers said.

The survey published on Friday, was conducted by Pondering Panda among 5 183 pupils and their parents via cellphone.

It found that 38% of white pupils listed bullying as a concern, compared to only 24% of black pupils.

Just over a fifth considered a lack of parental involvement in schooling a problem, indicating that parents could not "simply leave it to teachers".

Just over a quarter of respondents believed there were not enough decent toilets and a similar proportion thought there were too many pupils per classroom.

"Overcrowding in classes, as well as not enough decent toilets, points to the need for a significant investment in upgrading school infrastructure," said spokesperson Butch Rice.

Limpopo pupils and parents were 6% more likely to perceive teachers being late for class as a problem than the national average of 11%.

Thirteen percent of black respondents were concerned about this, compared to 7% of white respondents.

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