Bullying at school a problem - survey

2012-07-07 08:19

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.

  • Phelamanga - 2012-07-07 09:17

    The problem does not just exist among the pupils. It is a problem which exists in the staffroom as well, yet not much is being done about this. Adult bullying,like child or adolescent bullying, has dire effects on the life of teachers and the reputation of a school and its management. A school with a high turnover, especially of experienced and qualified teachers, is more than likely one in which there is a culture of bullying.Schools should have anti-bullying policies that include the schools' management teams and teachers. Professional behaviour needs to be encouraged. This will lead to relatively bully-free schools.

      carpejugulim - 2012-07-08 06:19

      TrueBlue I agree that bullying is alive and well in schools not only by pupils but also by teachers bullying pupils and other teachers. It is sad that in the event of a difference of opinion between a parent and a teacher or head of school the child is victimised because it is easier to pick on the kid than deal with the parent and sort the issue out. Heaven forbid that you should point out that there is a bullying issue by either staff or pupils too because there is no acknowledgement of the issue especially if the staff or head uses bully tactics themselves.

  • paul.lotter - 2012-07-07 09:18

    Ag please just bring back corporal punishment!!

      stirer.kathray - 2012-07-07 09:41

      Why? Do you want to join in the bullying?

      paul.lotter - 2012-07-07 09:45

      well clearly this thing called 'talking' does not work, i promise you one shot and they wont do it stop being such a little flower, stirer

      stirer.kathray - 2012-07-07 14:57

      So you propose to stop bullying by ....bullying! And typical - you can't debate your point maturely so you resort to attacking the person - that's a weak response from you Paul Lotter.

      carpejugulim - 2012-07-08 06:38

      Paul whilst I acknowledge that there is a problem with children that have no manners or discipline what about the children that do have manners, discipline and, more importantly, respect for authority who are bullied by both staff and pupils? What does one do about staff members who cannot settle a difference of opinion with a parent as an adult and then take it out on the child because the child will not fight back. What does one do about pupils who constantly bully other children and absolutely nothing is done if it is reported to the school? What does one do when a child is punished for stepping in and trying to stop (because it is the right thing to do) a smaller child from being bullied and physically hurt by a group of children and there is no punishment for the group of children that were doing the bullying? Where does corpral punishment fit in there?

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-07 11:00

    strange how as the corp punishment was taken away, the behaviour started deteriorating. We are creating an entire generation of undisiplined people. Bring back corp punishment!

  • Marco - 2012-07-07 11:13

    where did they get that photo of me?

  • sasekile - 2012-07-07 11:36

    My children are the only thing I have and if anyone messes around with them, all hell will break loose. I have been bullied at school, all the bullies have turned into nothing but useless, whenever they see me they ask for R1, forgetting all the hurt the caused. Bullies never go far

      paul.lotter - 2012-07-07 13:12

      ok sasekile, good for you, R1 richer! Point is if you dont discipline your kids, someone will, and unfortunately thats something you will have to come to grips with! And no, corporal punishment is not bullying.

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