discipline

Parent’s can no longer spank their children: ruling

Parents who give their children a hiding will no longer be able to use the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ if they are later accused of assault. This comes after the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg ruled on Thursday that parents can’t be exempted from the law, even when their[…]

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Diffusing conflict in schools a challenge for educators

Respectful social interaction, a facet of development that many assume to be second nature appears to be lacking within schools across the country as verbal abuse against educators and principals runs rapid. Last week, the principal of Tafelsig High School, in Mitchells Plain, was threatened by a learner and required[…]

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Corporal punishment has huge consequences

Although South Africa banned corporal punishment in September 1997, 17 years later, this form of punishment is still being used by some educators. This week, it emerged that a learner at Ndindini Junior Secondary School in Lusikisiki in Eastern Cape was beaten so brutally, he lost his sight. The grade[…]

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