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Minister must intervene in schools because of poor discipline and bullying

The recent death of a thirteen-year-old boy who was allegedly attacked by a school bully focuses the spotlight anew on the growing problem of poor discipline in schools and the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motsheka, will have to intervene, says Adv Anton Alberts, the chairperson of the FF Plus.

Adv Alberts says that although research conducted by the College of Economic and Management Sciences of UNISA shows that nearly 70% of learners remain silent about bullying, more and more cases come to light thanks to social media like Facebook.

He says that the world-renowned South African, Elon Musk (Paypal, SpaceX, Tesla), suffered so severely at the hands of bullies that he had to be hospitalised. He adds that these bad memories of his school years in South Africa may even have an effect on Musk’s decision to do business with his country of birth.

“Children are not only bullied physically and bullies are not necessarily boys. There are various forms of subtle bullying as well. Bullying scars victims and can even leave them marked for life.

“It often happens that the learners that were branded as ‘losers’ at school, become very successful later in life despite their emotional, and sometimes even physical, scars.

“The FF Plus would like to encourage the victims of bullying to not hesitate, but to speak to a trustworthy adult about the problem.

“Never lose hope, there is indeed a full life to be lived after school. Get help as soon as you can and don’t allow bullies to define who you are. Every person is unique and has the potential to be great,” says Adv Alberts.

 

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