Corporal Punishment must give way positive discipline

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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

children.Actionaid Ghana

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

corporal punishment.

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.


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