'Tackling discipline in schools is part of improving school performance'

The Star newspaper has reported that the controversial Klipspruit West Secondary School is 'in shambles'.

In a report published on Monday, the newspaper said pupils loiter, gamble and use drugs on school premises, while teachers are caught up in the racial issues that have plagued the school.

The newspaper claims the situation is dire and that the Gauteng Department of Education has started working on a plan to place Grade 12 pupils elsewhere, to prepare for matric exams.

Phemelo Motene, standing in for Azania Mosaka, questions the lawlessness that exists in many schools and what needs to be done.

She spoke to Prof Ruksana Osman, Professor of Education and Dean of Faculty of Humanities at Wits.

Tackling this is as much part of improving school performance as is good teaching.

Prof Ruksana Osman, Professor of Education and Dean of Faculty of Humanities at Wits

Fixing the discipline and behavior problem also fixes school performance, what is most worrying is you can see clearly that the school leadership itself he/she is not sowing the values that are absolutely essential for a well-functioning school.

Prof Ruksana Osman, Professor of Education and Dean of Faculty of Humanities at Wits

Research internationally shows that school leadership is key to good quality schools.

Prof Ruksana Osman, Professor of Education and Dean of Faculty of Humanities at Wits

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