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Title:Secondary School Students and Crime in Botswana
Authors:Hwedie, Kwaku O.
Ramakolo, Bonolo
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
juvenile delinquency
Education and Oral Traditions
Law, Human Rights and Violence
social problems
crime prevention
Abstract:Secondary school students in Botswana have different perceptions regarding what is right or wrong. The study focused on students' knowledge and understanding of crime and delinquent behaviour. The objectives were to identify the criminal or delinquent acts committed by students and to examine the causes and effects of criminal and delinquent behaviour among students. One hundred and twenty nine students from government senior secondary schools in Lobatse participated in the study, which was conducted between November 2001 and January 2002. The data indicate that students commit crime and delinquent acts both in school and in their neighbourhood and are aware of the criminal and delinquent behaviour around them. The types of crime most often committed in schools involve alcohol, theft, vandalism, use of weapons, violence and rape. More than half of the students were aware of the rules and regulations guiding their schools and how they operate. However, students seem not to be aware of, or understand, national laws and how they regulate criminal and delinquent behaviour. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]