Bullying at school a problem: survey

About 28 percent of South African school pupils and their parents worry about bullying, a survey has shown.

“The relatively high incidence of bullying shows that there is a real problem in many schools, and this clearly needs to be tackled head on,” researchers said.

In this file photo - A survey has shown that about 28 percent of SA school pupils and their parents worry about bullying. Credit: INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

The survey was conducted by Pondering Panda among 5183 pupils and their parents via cellphone.

It found that 38 percent of white pupils listed bullying as a concern, compared to only 24 percent of black pupils.

Just over a fifth considered a lack of parental involvement in schooling a problem, indicating that parents could not “simply leave it to teachers”.

Just over a quarter of respondents believed there were not enough decent toilets and a similar proportion thought there were too many pupils per classroom.

“Overcrowding in classes, as well as not enough decent toilets, points to the need for a significant investment in upgrading school infrastructure,” said spokesman Butch Rice.

Limpopo pupils and parents were six percent more likely to perceive teachers being late for class as a problem than the national average of 11 percent.

Thirteen percent of black respondents were concerned about this, compared to seven percent of white respondents. – Sapa