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Corporal punishment still practised at schools

About 11% of pupils have experienced corporal punishment at schools‚ 20 years after this form of punishment was outlawed.

This is the finding of the General Household Survey 2015‚ an annual household survey conducted by StatsSA.

The survey is aimed at determining the progress of development in the country and measures the performance of programmes as well as the quality of service delivery in a number of key service sectors in the country‚ including education.

The survey found that the percentage of pupils who experienced corporal punishment at schools in 2015 had decreased nationally from 16.7% in 2011 to 11% last year.

The Schools Act of 1996 made the administration of corporal punishment a criminal offence.

The survey found that corporal punishment was still prevalent at schools in KwaZulu-Natal (20.2%)‚ Eastern Cape (16.7%) and North West (13.6%) while this sort of punishment was least likely to occur in the Western Cape and Gauteng where it was reported for respectively 1.7% and 2.7% of pupils.

Corporal punishment was more prevalent at schools in the eThekhwini (13.2%) and Mangaung metros (11.8%) while this sort of punishment was less likely to be found in Ekurhuleni (1.1%) and the City of Cape Town (1.3%).