RE-INTEGRATION OF SUSPENDED LEARNERS IN THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY: A SECONDARY SCHOOLS CASES IN A SOUTH AFRICAN SETTING
Central University of Technology (SOUTH AFRICA)
About this paper:
Conference name: 10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 16-18 November, 2017
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:This research paper explores the strategies that are used by secondary schools in South African setting to re-integrate their suspended learners back in the school community. A plethora of literature review revealed little on the strategies that are offered by the schools to the learners who get suspended and later re-integrated in their respective school communities. The South African school system allows the schools to suspend leaners with serious offenses that are against the school policies for a period of not more than a week. A qualitative research study was conducted to explore the strategies that school principals of secondary schools employ when the learner is re-integrated in the school community after his or her suspension has lapsed. A purposive sample of thirty five secondary school principals was used. An open-ended questionnaire was used to collected data. Data was used by means of themes that emerged from the questions that were posed to the school principals. Analysed data demonstrate that there is a need to develop strategies for secondary schools to re-integrate learners back in the school communities. There was not sufficient evidence that show the strategies that schools use for the re-integration of suspended learners back in the school communities.
Keywords: Re-integration, suspended, learners, school communities, serious offences, misconduct.