Ghanaians should not be put off by the directive from the Ghana Education Service (GES) that corporal punishment would no longer be allowed in basic and second-cycle schools.
It is understandable that we are worried because something that we are used to has been curtailed. As such, it is only natural for people to wonder what the alternative would be.
But in the modern space in which we live, we should understand domestic upbringing of children has been tried and tested over many generations. As such, many scientifically proven alternatives have come up.
YEN.com.gh gives three ways grown-ups can deal with children in school instead of caning them.
1. Improve on counselling
Counselling and guidance are not a phenomenon that is common in Ghanaian culture. But it is time to invest time and energy into that.
Counselling aims at allowing children to arrive at the moral truths by themselves by questioning and offering suggestions to them.
2. Reward positive behaviour openly
To let a young one know that bad behaviour will not be tolerated, it is important to reward openly, good behaviour, The point here is that you are showing by example what will be accepted and cheered,
Children who are left out of rewards will see the need to be better.
3. Physical exercise
The ban on corporal punishment actually offers an opportunity to authorities to commit students into physical exercises that will inure to their health.
Of course, it has to be disguised as some sort of punishment. But in the end, you are really keeping a child healthier through their misdeeds.
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