While educators in South Africa have numerous pressures on them socially, emotionally and academically, those in gang-ridden communities, are not only burdened with ongoing changes in education but are also faced with a phenomenon that influences their work life on a daily basis. Crime and violence contaminates the school environment and jeopardizes the educational process because the environment influences the educator morale (Eliasov and Frank, 2000). The aim of this study is to examine the educators’ experiences in gang-ridden communities on the Cape Flats. A qualitative research approach was employed to gather information for the study. Educators from randomly sampled schools in the Cape Flats were interviewed to gather information about their experiences regarding their work in the gang-ridden environment. The results highlighted that educators’ workload are affected negatively as a result of gangsterism in the community.
|Keywords:||Gangsterism, School Environment, Gang-ridden Communities|
Lecturer, Further Education and Training, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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