The role of the educational institutions is to provide an appropriate education for all its learners. A stable, secure learning environment is an essential requirement to achieve this goal. Bullying behaviour, by its very nature, undermines and does not promote quality of education. Research shows that bullying can have short and long-term effects on the physical and mental well-being of learners, on engagement with educational institutions, on self-confidence and on the ability to pursue educational and training ambitions and interests. Educational institution-based bullying can be positively and firmly addressed through a range of institution-based interventions and strategies guided by the Sector’s Policy and Strategy through which all members of the institution’s community are enabled to act effectively in addressing this behaviour. While it is recognised that home and societal factors play a substantial role both in the cause and in the prevention of bullying, the role of the educational institution in preventative work is also crucial and should not be underestimated. Educational institution-based initiatives can either reinforce positive efforts or help counteract unsuccessful attempts of parents to change unacceptable behaviour. Parents and learners have a particularly important role and responsibility in helping the educational institution to prevent and address institution-based bullying behaviour and to deal with any negative impact within the educational institution of bullying behaviour that occurs elsewhere.
Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development