Teachers and teacher training institutions are being encouraged by the Minister of Education to adopt alternative methods to corporal punishment.
This comment is in response to Kensington Primary school’s policy of embracing corporal punishment which has sparked an outcry from a group of parents at the school.
The school’s corporal punishment policy is being supported by the school’s PTA, despite objections from a section of the parenting community and the Office of the Children’s Advocate.
The minister has waged into the matter with the statement that teacher training institutions should focus more on alternative methods of disciplining students.
As the issue on corporal punishment unfolds, there are number of questions being asked by some teachers and parents, and the main one being asked is: What is the Government’s policy on corporal punishment in schools?
Many parents and teachers interviewed believe that this should be the starting point on the discussions of corporal punishment. One parent comment that everyone seems to be confused on whether it is permitted in schools or not and if it is or is not, shouldn’t schools follow the Ministry of Education’s rules on Disciplining in schools?
Some parents spoken to are concerned that the discipline levels within the school will fall if the school abandons corporal punishment.
The debate on corporal punishment rages on.