Teachers call for armed guards

2013-10-20 11:35

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Johannesburg - The National Teachers’ Union has called on Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga to deploy armed guards to schools.

About 3 000 delegates who attended the union’s national conference earlier this month unanimously agreed to a resolution calling for security to be stepped up at schools.

According to the Sunday Times, this comes after it was found that teachers logged calls of verbal and physical abuse on a daily basis. A survey found that at least 13 pupils have been expelled since January for assaulting or threatening to assault teachers.

This comes after three recent incidents in which pupils were violent towards their teachers. While the education department has strongly condemned any form of violence in schools, they have urged parents to be more responsible in teaching their children good behaviour.  

Teachers assaulted

Earlier in the month a Johannesburg primary school pupil allegedly punched his teacher in the face, Beeld reported.

The boy, 14, allegedly punched Zascia Hakkesteeg, 41, head of the department of educational training at Jim Fouche Primary School in Brixton, after she asked him to remove a jersey which was not part of the school uniform.

The police were called and the boy was taken to the Brixton police station, where a charge of assault was laid.

In September a Grade 8 pupil at Glenvista High School in Johannesburg wassuspended after allegedly assaulting a teacher.

A cellphone video of the assault had gone viral. It shows the pupil trying to grab what looks like a school bag from the teacher, and then hitting and kicking the teacher. He then throws a chair and a broom at the teacher, who walked out of the classroom.

The pupil's classmates are heard encouraging the pupil to "get him".

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