Schoolyard crime adds to S.Africa’s education woes – Yahoo! News

Schoolyard crime adds to S.Africa’s education woes – Yahoo! News

“School enrolment has dropped to 600 from 900 students over the last year. Most of those (dropouts) weren’t learners,” said Mthembu, holding up like a trophy a cloth bag of confiscated marijuana stored in his office filing cabinet.

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The alarming level of classroom violence in South Africa mirrors a wider problem in a country with some of the world’s highest rates of violent crime. Many blame the violence on inadequate policing, a wide chasm between rich and poor and the traumatic legacy of apartheid.

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