September 21, 2013 Johannesburg South Africa (eNCA) – Two attacks on teachers have been reported this week — one in the Free State town of Sasolburg and another in Glenvista in southern Johannesburg.
One teacher said every day she has to face a pupil who punched her in the face.
“I wanted to look at the pupil’s work, the pupil wasn’t happy with that. The pupil was following me, trying to get the book back. I turned my back and try to walked out of the class, but the pupil kept on coming for me,” the teacher said.
“I felt a warm feeling in my face just under my eye and then I realised that I had been punched by the pupil.”
One teachers’ union believes parents are to blame.
“We have flagrant disregard for teachers’ authority. When a child is challenged on something, one of the first things children do is resort to the cellphones and call the parents and the parents don’t come in to school and back the teacher’s authority they back the child,” said Anthea Ceresto of the National Professional Teachers’
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