- The director of guidance and counselling at the Ghana Education Service has given parents the go ahead to deal with teachers who abuse their wards
- She said if a teacher beats a child and he or she suffers marks on the body, it is an abuse and parents could take that teacher on
Director of the Guidance and Counselling Unit of the Ghana Education Service (GES) , Ivy Kumi, has given parents whose children returned with cane marks the liberty to deal with the teachers involved.
Madam Kumi insists canning students without recourse to the approved alternative sanctions provided by the GES amounted to assault, hence parents should do all they could to take on the teacher in such an instance.
Speaking on CITI TV’s "The Point of View", she said if a teacher beats a child and he or she suffers marks on the body, it is an abuse.
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“If the students comes home with cane marks on their bodies, they have been battered and the parent can decide to report the incident to the police,” she noted.
Additionally, Madam Kumi intimated that, the fear of being canned, knocked on the head, pinched or asked to kneel down in school was a contributory factor of the high rate of school dropout usually recorded.
“Corporal punishment has physical, psychological and emotional disadvantages for the child. It has kept a number of our students out of school. We need to find other ways of disciplining the Ghanaian Child because it does not encourage them to be in school,” she added.
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Meanwhile, the Accra Archdiocesan Bishop of the Methodist church, Rt Rev Samuel Osabutey, has said that the directive by the GES to completely rule out canning would diminish discipline.
According to him, teachers should stick to a more appropriate way of canning the children without causing harm to the children.
This was as a result of the directive by the GES, instructing all basic and secondary schools to adapt to the new tool kit for sanctioning students instead of the former corporal punishment which caused harm to students.
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