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The initiatives to put an end to bullying in South African schools

A report that emerged showed that there had been a total of five cases of bullying that were submitted to the Western Cape Education Department in a space of three months .

These are reported to have been between January 2021 and March 2021.In accordance to the MEC for Education in the Western Cape , Bronagh Hammond , the Western Cape Province recorded 35 cases in of bullying during the 2020 academic period.

The Province is reported to have went on and recorded 111 cases of bullying during the 2019 academic period. Tad Khosa , who is the spokesperson for the Equal Education Law Centre is reported to have made different remarks.

This is after he reportedly said that they continued to receive reports of bullying from various learning institutions. He is reported to have said that they received the school bullying even though there were certain types of bullying that were not reported frequently as a result of fear of getting victimised.

MEASURES IMPLEMENTED IN THE WESTERN CAPE

The Education MEC in the Western Cape Bronagh Hammond is reported to have highlighted that the Western Cape Education Department had made an implementation of a policy which was named 'abuse no more'.

This is described as a mechanism which provides guidelines to the learning institutions on how to deal with forms of abuse , with the inclusion of the act of bullying.

However , in accordance to Khosa , despite the efforts and measures in place to deal with bullying, the learning institutions continue to be the places where the learners are exposed to all forms of violence.

Khosa however reportedly clarified that the act of bullying was an act that needed to be handled by the school as well as the community.

Khosa reportedly added that it is the duty of the school as well as the community to help combat bullying in schools. In accordance to the report, it is highlighted that part of the five cases that were reported to the Western Cape Education Department was that of a Grade 8 learner from Belgravia High School which is located in Athlone.

It is alleged that the Grade 8 boy decided to set alight the hair of a fellow Grade 8 learner. The incident which is reported to have been recorded on video took place two weeks back.

Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba , who is the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio on Basic Education is reported to have highlighted that authorities in the Education sector had to take measures against perpetrators of bullying so that the act of bullying is eliminated in learning institutions.

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Education MEC Equal Education Law Centre South African Tad Khosa Western Cape

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