Social Issues Affecting Schools

Address List of Schools Catering for Special Needs

(Public Information)
This National List contains details of all schools that cater for special needs education.

A Human Capital Development Strategy for the Western Cape: A Focus on Youth

(Public Information)
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This is one the lead strategies for the development of the Western Cape.

Abolition of Corporal Punishment Act, 33 of 1997

(Act)
No. 33 of 1997Department of Education (National) (The Government of South Africa)
This Act provides for the abolishment of corporal punishment.

Abuse No More

(Public Information)
This document sets out what educators should do if they suspect that a learner is being abused.

Discipline in Schools

(Public Information)
This document provides information on school codes of conduct, corporal punishment, alternative punishments, suspension and expulsion.

Girls Education Movement

(Link)
This site contains information about the government initiative to promote equal access to education for girls and increased awareness of issues affecting female learners, such as sexual abuse.

Interventions for Youth at Risk

(Service)
Youths at risk are learners who have problems such as drug and/or alcohol abuse or are in trouble with the law. Their emotional and/or behavioural problems are barriers to their learning and development.In the Western Cape, there are five levels of support to prevent or resolve such problems. The type of support and the restrictions that may be placed on the learner depend on the nature of the problem. Interventions include educational, therapeutic and/or residential support services.The five levels of support are:

Preventing Discrimination against HIV-Positive Learners and Educators

(Service)
All learners and educators should respect the rights of other learners and educators. Schools should create an environment which prevents discrimination against HIV-positive learners and staff members by:

Preventing Transmission of HIV at Schools and Other Educational Institutions

(Service)
All schools and other educational institutions should implement universal precautions to prevent transmission of HIV and other blood-borne diseases. A full list of the precautions that should be taken is given in the document Universal Precautions for preventing disease transmission in schools. A fully equipped first-aid kit should be available wherever contact play or contact sport takes place. All schools have been supplied with first-aid kits by the WCED.

Report on West Coast Schools Investigation into Racism and Access

(Public Information)
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This investigation was born out of a meeting, held on 21 January 2007, arranged by concerned parents of Laingville in St Helena Bay regarding educational issues at certain schools in the Saldanha Bay municipal area. This is the final report after the investigation.

Safe Schools Call Centre

(Service)
The WCED has established a Safe Schools Call Centre as part of the Safe Schools Programme. Educators, learners and parents can call the toll-free number to report violence, abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, vandalism and/or complaints regarding corruption in schools. The Call Centre also provides information on:

Specialised Learner & Educator Support Services Website

(Link)
This website contains information on the services offered by school clinics in Worcester and Swellendam, including psychologists, social workers and school doctors.

WCED Policy on Managing Learner Pregnancy in General Education and Training and Further Education and Training Institutions

(Policies)
(File type: pdf; size: 129.58 KB)Western Cape Education Department (Western Cape Government)
Policy for school authorities on how to manage pupils who are pregnant at school and who are writing final school examinations.

WCED's HIV/AIDS Awareness Programme

(Service)
The National Education Strategy prioritises HIV/AIDS in education and requires HIV/AIDS to be included in the curriculum as part of Life Orientation.