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Pupils face double whammy of bullying by peers and teachers: ...

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Pupils face double whammy of bullying by peers and teachers: study

A quarter of the Joburg children interviewed said they had experienced abuse in school or online

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Being bullied by teachers and peers is the biggest worry for the country’s pupils, who are often left helpless and heartbroken by violence and cyberbullying that is perpetrated within school premises, a new local study has revealed.

According to the research by the University of Johannesburg and an anti-child abuse advocacy group, the Teddy Bear Foundation, many pupils confirmed that not only did they feel unsafe due to rowdy peers, but they faced emotional abuse from teachers who sometimes shouted and swore at them.

Researchers examined the perspectives of some 1,700 children from Johannesburg, aged 11 to 18, with the aim of addressing the paucity of pupils’ voices in school safety research. One of the big concerns the pupils expressed was teachers sometimes being racist towards pupils...

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