Minister Must Ban Corporal Punishment in Schools Says Opposition


Senator Kamina Johnson Smith is this afternoon calling on the Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites to ban the use of corporal punishment in all schools and begin a system-wide program to give educators alternatives.

Her comment comes after reports of another child being injured in a school from an alleged beating with a ruler. Senator Johnson Smith says the time has come for Jamaica to take another step in the modern education and discipline of our students: “It has been proven that beating children has a negative impact on their development. We have seen several incidents where students have been bruised and damaged physically by these acts, and we won’t see the emotional damage until later”.

The Senator noted that not only is corporal punishment in breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to which Jamaica is a signatory, but there is no developed country in the world where corporal punishment in schools is allowed


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