Educationist, Mr. Divine Kpe, has said that the demand made by the Coalition of Concerned Teachers to the Ghana Education Service to revoke the ban on corporal punishment is impractical.
According to him, the ban on corporal punishment is backed by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and therefore a lift of the ban will result in the breach of the principles of the Convention.
“Ghana was the first country to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the onus lies on us to uphold the policies outlined in that convention from which the ban on corporal punishment stems.
The ban on corporal punishment has been long existent and was recently revised hence; the threats of demonstration by the Coalition of Concerned Teachers will not yield any results.”
The Coalition of Concerned Teachers called on the Counselling Service Unit of the Ghana Education Service following the attack on a colleague teacher at the Asiakwa Salvation Army Basic School among other recent attacks on some other teachers.
They believe these attacks stem from the enactment of the policy against corporal punishment.
Mr. Divine Kpe recommended that for a more efficient and effective positive tool kit, (the alternative corrective measures which were introduced to replace Corporal punishment) the Ghana Education service must empower teachers to efficiently engage the positive tool kit guidelines.
“Indeed, the ban on corporal punishment in schools emboldened students to behave notoriously, and somehow, undermined the authority of teachers.
Beyond stating that teachers cannot use any form of corporal punishment, the GES must empower, train and resource the teacher to efficiently engage the positive tool kit and other means to correct students.”
He further urged community leaders and parents to be more supportive of teachers and secure the safety and welfare of teachers.
Story by: Harriet Bio|universnewsroom.com