The Negative Influence of Drugs and Alcohol Abuse in South African Schools

Authors : Umziuvukile James Tshatshu

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 9 - September

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The article highlights the negative influence of drugs and alcohol abuse on school safety and suggests solution to the problem. Literature study and the focus group interviews revealed that drugs and alcohol abuse causes school violence, and learners’ absenteeism. It is further highlighted that due to drugs abuse, most schools experience a problem of learner fights, gang fights, and learner mental hallucination. Learners who abuse drugs and alcohol have a tendency to be absent from classes, play school truancy or have a pattern of sneaking in and out of school premises. They sneak out from school premises to purchase and consume drugs and alcohol, supplied by drugs vendors and taverns in the school surroundings. Learners who are absent from classes are also found in school toilets where they take in drugs or are drunk. Thereafter they go to classes or loiter around the school and cause disruption. The consumption of marijuana (dagga) and other drugs, including alcohol alters the state of mind, causes disciplinary problems and also contribute to poor academic performance. The article highlights the threatening high level drugs and alcohol abuse by learners in South African schools. It is not only fellow learners in this scenario whose safety is at risk, teachers as well are likely to become victims of the violent learners. The researcher applied the qualitative interpretive paradigm. Learners who participated were interviewed in focus groups and this informed the researcher about the findings on the influence of drugs and alcohol abuse.

Keywords : Drugs and Alcohol Abuse, Violence, Learners, Poor Academic Performance.


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