Teachers in public Schools have been urged to handle cases of bullying among pupils strategically to avoid bad behaviors from worsening.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in a 2007 paper, says bullying is a common behavior in schools with 80 percent of primary school pupils having been bullied, most of them within the classroom.
UNICEF, which defines bullying as a process in which a pupil or group of pupils repeatedly uses his/their superior strength or influence to mistreat, attack or force other persons to do something, notes that it’s a common problem in schools.
According to a University of Zambia case study of 2012 showed that both girls and boys were victims of bullying and rate of bullying was higher among boys than girls in grades 1, 3 and 5.
And speaking to 5fm News Unite Girl’s Foundation Coordinator Blessings Chabu says the ministry of education should engage more trained guidance and counseling teachers.