- Rt. Rev. Samuel K. Osabutey has called on the Ghana Education Service to consider the ban it has placed on canning in school
- According to the Accra diocesan Bishop of the Methodist church Ghana, the ban would breed indiscipline and cause a breakdown in discipline within schools
The Diocesan Bishop of Methodist Church in Accra, Rt. Rev. Samuel K. Osabutey, has said that Ghana risks total breakdown of discipline in schools within the larger Ghanaian society.
According to him, if the Ghana Education Service, GES, continues to relax on caning, otherwise known as corporal punishment in schools, students would not be disciplined.
Speaking to Citi News after an induction service of the new Greater Accra Regional Manager of Methodist Schools at the Ebenezer Methodist Church, Lashibi, Rt. Rev. Osabutey said placing a total ban on caning will be counterproductive, and will have dire consequences on general discipline among students.
He explained that when teachers used to cane, the caning was proportionate to the offense committed by the one being punished.
“ I don’t think that in those days when the people were being caned, they were being abused; because there were rules and regulations within which people had to be caned; and the GES must be careful and not just give a blanket instruction,” Rt Rev Osabutey.
The Methodist Bishop however warned Ghanaians not to copy wrongly the way children were brought up in so-called developed countries, which had in most cases become detrimental to those societies.
According to him, children were getting away with a lot of things in the schools in the name of child abuse by their teachers who are supposed to be correcting them.
"So the way we’re going about relaxing on discipline in the schools; one day we will wake up and our children will kill all of us,” he cautioned.
The GES in a recent statement reiterated the ban on caning in primary and secondary schools, and ordered the schools to immediately adopt a new disciplinary toolkit together with alternative sanctions as measures for correcting pupils and students.
The GES statement, signed by the Deputy Director General, Anthony Boateng said, steps to address inappropriate student behavior as suggested by the toolkit included encouraging them to be of good behavior, explaining to the child why a particular behavior he or she has exhibited is unacceptable and setting class rules with students.
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