The WCED must capacitate and support school-based structures and communicate support strategies to pupils. If existing measures are no longer effective, it is possible that there needs to be a careful re-look at the current system. The absence of, or inadequate access to, psychosocial support will undoubtedly have lasting effects on pupils’ right to education.

Written by: Anathi Tyelentombi (EE Equaliser), Yonda Magubudela (EE Equaliser), Chwayita Wenana (EE Western Cape deputy head) and Stacey Jacobs (EE researcher).