'Using cops to deal with violence in schools isn't the solution'

The Department of Basic Education says violence in schools is a global problem.

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CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament have been told violence is common in schools throughout the country but relying on police or armed security guards is no solution to the problem.

The Department of Basic Education's Dr Granville Whittle was briefing Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Education earlier today.

Whittle says violence in schools is a global problem and has been the focus of much research.

"We're very clear from the international experience on what actually doesn't work in terms of school safety - and so regular or prolonged presence of police in schools has been proven not to work. The presence of armed security guards in schools also does not work."

Whittle says there's no quick fix for violence in schools but that the most effective strategies involve better school management and parents and teachers working together.