Madam Vera She, rpt She, Volta and
Greater-Accra Regional Coordinator of Actionaid- Ghana, on
Wednesday challenged teachers and parents to replace corporal
punishment with Positive Discipline, as a corrective measure for
She said this was because corporal punishment was not
promoting the holistic development of children, but was causing
high school drop outs.
Positive Discipline is a concept which promotes thinking
skills, problem-solving skills, and mutual respect.
It is basically about ensuring healthy child development,
and rights of children through effective teaching, coaching and
Addressing a workshop on ?Positive Discipline? in Ho, aimed
at promoting alternative discipline in schools other than corporal
punishment, Madam She said reports indicated that a good number of
students live with scars from caning, with a some maimed through
She said studies had also shown that quite a number of
school children boycotted or dropped out of school due to caning.
Madam She said Positive Discipline increased students?
motivation, and made them more attentive.
Mr Nathan Ankutse, an Officer at the Volta Regional
Education Directorate, said instead of punishing students?
academic or behavioural mistakes, teachers should explain,
demonstrate and model concepts and behaviours to be learned.
He said with Positive Discipline, the teacher was a coach,
and was only expected to guide the student, and not to impart his
knowledge in the student.
?You are not supposed to impart your knowledge in them. Just
guide them to learn on their own, and develop their own talents,?
Mr Ankutse said.
He said if teachers embraced the concept, students would
develop love for learning, which he said was currently lacking in
A survey conducted by the United Nations in 2006 indicated
that violence was a common experience in the lives of school
children in the world.