VIOLENCE against teachers at the hands of pupils contributes to the unnecessary exodus of teachers from the profession.This is the sentiment of teacher unions and the South African Council for Educators (SACE) following the emergence of a video of what appears to be three high school pupils manhandling a teacher inside a classroom.According to the South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) and National Professional Teacher’s Organisation of South Africa (Naptosa)‚ there is not enough support available for teachers abused by pupils.READ THIS: Hundreds of teachers picket about overcrowding in KwaZulu-Natal schoolsSadtu spokesperson Nomusa Cembi said the union was concerned about the safety of teachers in schools‚ adding that teachers needed more trauma counselling as some became depressed after incidents of abuse."Unless documented‚ cases of teachers being abused by pupils are under-reported or go unreported due to teachers’ shame and fear after such incidents‚" Cembi said.At th...

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