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Motshekga slams violence in schools

Angie Motshekga has told people that schools are no longer a safe haven for children.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department says more than one million pupils have fallen victim to violence in schools over the past year.

The department is hosting a school safety summit in Boksburg today which is aimed at addressing violence in the classroom.

Education officials, unions and several pupils have gathered in Boksburg to find ways to stop the alarming rate at which violence is growing in schools.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has told people that schools are no longer a safe haven for children.

"The spate of violence amongst learners, the whole bullying issue, stabbings in our schools and bringing guns to our schools."

Motshekga says schools are now characterised by violence.

"There is cyber bullying, kids send pictures to each other insulting each other on social media; they do all sorts of things to hurt each other."

Education stakeholders will spend the rest of the day deliberating on interventions to curb the scourge of violence in schools.

MOTSHEKGA CALLS ON COMMUNITIES TO HELP STOP VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS

At the same time, violence in South Africa's schools has come into sharp focus with Motshekga calling on communities to do all they can to stop attacks on pupils.

The minister says violence is destroying the positive culture and climate that the classroom is designed for.

She says communities also play a significant role in influencing the attitudes of pupils.

While the department has launched several initiatives including a national strategy with Saps, it says parents and communities need to step up and do something.