South African Journal of Education
On-line version ISSN 2076-3433
Print version ISSN 0256-0100
MAPHOSA, Cosmas and SHUMBA, Almon. Educators' disciplinary capabilities after the banning of corporal punishment in South African schools. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2010, vol.30, n.3. ISSN 2076-3433.
The escalation of learner indiscipline cases in schools suggests failure by teachers to institute adequate alternative disciplinary measures after corporal punishment was outlawed in South African schools. We sought to address the following two research questions: (a) How do educators view their disciplinary capabilities in the post-corporal punishment period? and (b) How do educators view the usefulness of alternative disciplinary measures? The study adopted a qualitative approach. A case study of three purposively selected practising junior secondary school educators was used. Data were collected through interviews. We found that educators generally feel disempowered in their ability to institute discipline in schools in the absence of corporal punishment. Educators revealed that learners do not fear or respect educators because they know that nothing will happen to them. Although educators are aware of alternative disciplinary measures, they view them as ineffective and time consuming.
Keywords : corporal punishment; educator capacity; indiscipline; schools; South Africa.