Surveys done at 2 534 schools across South Africa point to the fact that drug abuse is a key reason behind the high failure rates of students and that dagga ranks as the third biggest problem after general drug addiction and teenage pregnancy.
Teachers around the country have raised serious concerns regarding the possible legalisation of dagga in South Africa, arguing that it could prove detrimental to the youth because it was “unrealistic to believe that legalised dagga would be controlled and kept out of the hands of young people.
Dagga is prevalent in the community and our school is heavily exposed to dagga traders and smokers. Legalising dagga will almost give those addicts and drug traffickers an open opportunity to exploit innocent children who are at the mercy of the drug merchants in the community.
The future of our learners will be destroyed. The country will be full of criminals made by this drug. The number of rapists will increase. More number of street kids. More uneducated people, which will make this country more [worse] than it is. The number of mad people will increase.