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15 June 2017

‘Schools are so violent teachers live in fear’

Twenty percent of South Africa’s teachers believe that schools are violent places and suspect their students and colleagues are armed.

This is according to a survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council with the Department of Education among more than 20,000 teachers at 1,380 schools across the country.

About 17% of teachers reported fights involving weapons at school and almost 13% of teachers believe gangs operate in their school.

Most reported violence was between pupils or between a pupil and a teacher.

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