'Pupil violence in schools should be looked at holistically'

Wits Department of Social Work senior lecturer, Dr Poppy Masinga says violence should be looked at holistically.

This follows Monday's interview with Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi where he stated that schools are under siege from learners unruly behavior.

Lesufi told 702 that to date, the Gauteng department of education has suspended 151 learners for misconduct.

Dr Masinga says there are many factors that contribute to violence in schools.

Violence is caused by multiple factors - the individuals themselves, their peers, families not taking responsibility and the teachers not knowing what to do and also using the learners against each other.

Dr Poppy Masinga, Department of Social Work senior lecturer,Wits University

READ: How to tackle the rise of school pupil violence against teachers in SA

Dr Masinga says authorities are not looking at violence holistically. She says that policies government comes up with are not informed by what is happening on the ground.

I think what we are missing is that we want to look at violence in isolation. We want to focus on the learner or the teacher or an individual while we should be looking at the multiple factors holistically.

Dr Poppy Masinga, Senior Lecturer in the dept of Social Work at Wits

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