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This was revealed on the second day of provincial hearings into bullying, corporal punishment and sexual relations between teachers and learners by the Human Rights Commission

2021-05-19 11:48:00 PM

An international children’s organisation has told the South African Human Rights Commission that teachers in Limpopo who have long been in the profession use corporal punishment because that is the only form of discipline they know.

This was revealed on the second day of provincial hearings into bullying, corporal punishment and sexual relations between teachers and learners by the Human Rights Commission

that teachers in Limpopo who have long been in the profession use corporal punishment because that is the only form of discipline they know.The commission is currently hosting provincial hearings into bullying, corporal punishment and sexual relations between educators and learners.

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Speaking on the second day of hearings, Mamahloli Masepa fromSave the Childrentold the commission that the organisation works with schools in the Capricorn and Vhembe districts where they provide training to teachers on positively disciplining learners.

Masepa said it was during these training sessions that teachers told them that they did not know any form of discipline except for corporal punishment even though they knew that it was outlawed. “People who became educators post 1994 are usually accepting of the fact that corporal punishment is not part of disciplining children but people who became educators prior to 1994 find themselves using corporal punishment. This is the information we get directly from the teachers. They use corporal punishment because this is what they are accustomed to and they do not know anything else in terms of disciplining learners,” she said.  headtopics.com

Masepa told the commission that teachers have also expressed that they are stressed and complain about a lot of administrative work that they have to do on top of teaching and preparing for their lessons. Teachers said they find themselves overwhelmed and frustrated, and as a result take out their frustrations out on the learners using corporal punishment. 

“Educators find themselves frustrated in terms of how to discipline children as they display different behavioral issues in the class. They find themselves not knowing how to discipline because the methods they are taught, whether from training from the department, usually do not work. They are not quick fix solutions. So corporal punishment is something that quickly solves something that is happening right now,” Masepa said.

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