Thursday, September 14, 2006

SAHRC tackles violence in schools


By Chanel September
14 September 2006


The South Africa Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is to hold a national public hearing in Cape Town at the end of the month on violence in schools.

This after an increased spate of violence in schools among learners in the past few months.

According to the Cape Times the Education’s call centre has logged more than 1000 assault, arson, rape, pregnancy, murder, drug abuse, theft and HIV/AIDS reports so far this year.

The Education department, parents, pupils, governing bodies and various other role players within education have been invited to the hearings.

Issues to be discussed at the hearing are the impact of violence on teachers and the community, the cause of school based violence, prevalence against female students and the role of the community and other structures in dealing with violence against pupils.

A repoart will be produced by the South African Human Rights Commission containing all the findings and recommendations.

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