Creecy to fight bullying in schools

Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy on Tuesday said she plans to crackdown on conventional and cyber bullying in the province.

This comes after a study of more than 1,000 pupils revealed that bullying is still a major, but unspoken problem in Gauteng schools.

The MEC proposed preventative programmes in dealing bullying in schools.

But, she also said school policies need to reflect a no tolerance attitude to bullies.

The department believes the true extent of bullying in schools is still unknown, as so many cases are left unreported.

A study conducted by the department of Basic Education indicated that 42 percent of interviewed grade eight pupils were victims of bullying.

Bullying is not only confirmed to Gauteng.

A Northern Cape school has installed CCTV cameras in their bathrooms in a bid to prevent bullying.

However, the Basic Education Department has instructed the school to remove the cameras as they infringe on the pupils’ privacy.

The cameras are not in the actual cubicles, they are only directed at the washbasins, and at the backs of boys standing at the urinals.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)