“You have the right to deal with teachers who beats or punish your wards in school” – GES to Parents

Parents whose kids return from schools with signs of them being canned now have the right to deal ruthlessly with the teachers involved.

Director of the Guidance and Counseling Unit of the Ghana Education Service (GES) , Ivy Kumi,  gave this charge and insisted canning students without recourse to the approved alternative sanction provided by the GES amounts to assault, hence parents should do all they can to take on the teacher in question in such an instance.

“Since caning and all other corporal punishments are forms of abuse, parents can take it up. If a teacher beats a child and he or she suffers marks on the body, it is an abuse. The student has been battered and the parent can decide to report to the police,” she said.

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The GES has reechoed its ban on caning in primary and secondary schools ordering all schools to immediately adopt a new disciplinary toolkit together with alternative sanctions as measures for correcting pupils and students in schools.

The toolkit indicated that “apart from the physical pain corporal punishment inflicts on children, this approach also causes significant emotional damage. Some of the lasting effects of this method of disciplining school children include physical scars, emotional scars (trauma, fear, timidity etc.) and violent behavior.”

Furthermore, Ivy Kumi stated that, the fear of being canned, knocked on the head, pinched or asked to kneel down  in school is a contributory factor of the high rate of school dropout usually recorded.

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“Corporal punishment has physical, psychological and emotional disadvantages for the child. It has kept a number of our students out of school. So in order to keep our students in school, we needed to completely ban corporal punishment in school because of its negative effects. It is not doing us any good. We need to find other ways of disciplining the Ghanaian Child because it does not encourage them to be in school.”

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