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NCJ Number: 221551 Find in a Library
Title: Learner, Educator and Community Views on School Safety at Strelitzia Secondary School
Journal: Acta Criminologica  Volume:20  Issue:3  Dated:2007  Pages:1-20
Author(s): J. Steyn; M. K. Naicker
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 20
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: South Africa
Annotation: This study explored the perceptions of learners and educators at the South African Strelitzia Secondary School in Isipingo, Durban regarding safety at the school.
Abstract: The study reveals that most Strelitzia Secondary School learners and educators, as well as Isipingo Community Policing Forum members and South African Police Service members who participated in the study are of the opinion that Strelitzia Secondary School is a safe environment even though a culture of violence exists in which learners bring drugs, alcohol, and firearms to school and corporal punishment is still practiced. Prior research indicates that crime and violence are widespread in South African schools. In some instances learners and educators are terrified to attend school. This study explored the safety at a selected school, Strelitzia Secondary School. The purpose was to determine whether the South African Government had made any inroads in addressing crime and violence at secondary schools in the Isipingo area in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. The study adopted a quantitative, as well as deductive research approach. More than 400 questionnaires were completed by school learners while 20 interview schedules were conducted with school educators, as well as members of the Isipingo Community Policing Forum and the South African Police Service (in the Durban South area). Appendix and bibliography
Main Term(s): Crime in schools; South Africa
Index Term(s): Crimes against teachers; Public Attitudes/Opinion; School security
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