The number of teachers victims of school violence has increased by almost 50% in the past 10 years, the CNESST (Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety at Work) has informed.
Death threats, slaps, kicks and punches, etc. compose violence against teachers in primary and secondary schools, and even at university. They suffer reprisal from their students. In 2005, the number of injuries attributable to workplace violence recorded by the Commission for Standards, Equity, Health and Safety (CNESST) was 284 for teachers, the most common occupation exposed after the health staff. Ten years later, in 2015, that number had risen to 420. That’s an increase of 48%. And it shows on the ground, reports the website Le Devoir. «About ten years ago, we saw an increase in verbal abuse. Now, what we’re seeing is a significant increase in physical violence, «said Marie-Claude Palardy, occupational health and safety advisor at the Champlain Union (CSQ). According to her, the cases reported are not the most worrying. As several professors, especially those at the beginning of their careers do not dare to complain for fear of displeasing the administration. They fear that their services will no longer be used or that their pedagogy will be called into question, underlines the same website. «Even when they try to do it, some administrations will tell them that it’s not necessary, that what they experienced is normal,» says Ms. Palardy.
Serge David ZOUEME