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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Eberlein, Eric
URN etd-12172009-105713
Document Title Incidents and accidents” : implementing the safety regulations prescribed by the South African Schools Act
Degree MEd
Department Education Management and Policy Studies
Advisor Name Title
Prof R Joubert Supervisor
  • school safety
  • fire measures
  • case law
  • searches
  • evacuation drills
  • safety regulations
  • schools act
  • negligence
  • liability
  • access control
  • constitution
  • early release
  • school safety policies
Date 2010-04-15
Availability unrestricted

In the light of almost daily media reports of accidents and incidents of violence in South African schools, it can be assumed that most South African schools are unsafe. This study investigates the manner in which rural public schools implement the school safety regulations prescribed by the South African Schools Act to ensure learner safety.

This qualitative study investigates the implementation of the Schools Act’s safety regulations at four public schools situated in the rural areas east of Pretoria in Gauteng. Data was gathered using interviews with the principals of these schools as well as by the observation and recording of the normal day-to-day activities at the school and by an analysis of each school’s school safety policy.

The interviews with the principals focused on the manner in which each school implements the regulations for school safety in areas such as access to the school and the conducting of searches, the arranging of trips and excursion and the planning and managing water-based activities and the early release of learners.

Observation at each of the four schools focused on the physical condition of the school and the schools’ procedures for playground duty, fire fighting and emergency drills.

The analysis of each school’s safety policy aimed to determine the compliance of these policies with the Schools Act regulations and to determine the practicability and effectiveness of each policy.

The researcher’s conclusions include the fact that none of four schools had an effective and practicable school safety policy in place and were not implementing their inadequate policies effectively. He suggests among other things a comprehensive compulsory school safety training programme including aspects such as information on the intent, content and aims of the school safety regulations, the concepts of liability and negligence and methods for drafting, adopting and implementing effective school safety policies.

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Please cite as follows:

Eberlein, E 2009, “Incidents and accidents” : implementing the safety regulations prescribed by the South African Schools Act, MEd dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-12172009-105713/ >

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