LEARNER ON TEACHER VIOLENCE
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2. What do you see as the root cause of violence committed by students against teachers? How and why are students drawn or forced into violent behavior?
3. What are the school and learner characteristics associated with crime and violence?
4. What type of violence or kind of physical aggression do you most experience in your school?
5. What are the effects of violence against teachers?
6. Please explain about teachers’ rights. Are there any challenges in implementing them? Why?
7. What makes a school a safe place? What can be done?
8. What are the roles of educators, HODs, principals, and community leaders in the local level crime and violence prevention in the school?
9. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has provided a framework for a whole-school approach – a strategy. Any comment about it?
10. Do you have:
a) a system, to ensure that principals and educators are held accountable for classroom safety?
b) a teacher-friendly reporting mechanism?
c) a social/behavioural programme to provide students with clear expectations and appropriate social and behavioural skills to manage anger, resolve conflict and improve classroom norms and environment?
d) clear plans and procedures for responding to students who show signs of behaviour issues as well as a plan for students who have violated behavioural expectations?
e) any violence training programmes for educators, HODs and principles for e.g., to teach about how to identify behaviour issues and how to respond to and de-escalate aggressive behaviours or designed to educate or protect teachers from violence? What skills should teachers who work in difficult schools have in order to help minimize violence against teachers?
f) an emergency preparedness plan? Is it adequate? Are there potential funding challenges that have prevented schools from being fully prepared for emergencies? How could your school be better prepared for emergencies and protect teachers? How should schools respond to a teacher’s threats?
g) a violence prevention plan and crisis management teams in place? Did you develop it in cooperation with school and health officials, parents, and community members?
11. Please talk about government support to try to create safety and security in the school. What about NGOs or any other organisation?
12. We might have left out some important issue concerning school violence against teachers. Is there anything else you’d like to say about it?