ALGIERS-A strategy to fight against violence in schools will be "unveiled soon" by the Ministry of National Education, announced Wednesday Nedjadi Messeguem, Inspector General at the Ministry.
"An independent watchdog under the National Education ministry is preparing a strategy to fight against violence in schools that will be soon unveiled by the ministry," Messeguem announced on the national radio.
This strategy is based on a survey that involved around 400 high schools in which nearly 40,000 students, 4,000 teachers and 2,000 administrative staff, he stressed.
Referring to violence in schools, the same official reported 6,500 cases of violence in 2014, stating 2,600 cases of violence were committed by the staff against pupils and 700 other cases between the staff.
Messeguem said the responsibility of this violence "should not be assumed by the school that is caught in a vice," stressing schools "are only the receptacle of the Algerian society's evils".
"This is a social scourge that must be addressed in the long term," he said, recalling collaboration with the General Directorate of National Police (DGSN) and the National Gendarmerie in this issue.