Viral video of Prempeh College headteacher abusing students stirs emotions

Viral video of Prempeh College headteacher abusing students stirs emotions

- An assistant headteacher at second cycle institution, Prempeh College, has been captured on camera caning students

- The video has brought to the fore, the conversation about corporal punishment in schools

- The video shows a teacher beating the hell out to students of Prempeh College in Kumasi

The Assistant Headmaster of Prempeh College has been captured on tape whipping some students despite the ban on caning.

In a video that has gone viral on social media, Mr. Gyimah is seen lashing some students while others were on their knees.

The Assistant Headmaster’s act has reopened arguments about the Ghana Education Service’s (GES) ban on caning.

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The GES took a strong stance against caning in schools, describing the act as a “corporal punishment”.

The Service announced that such punishments should no longer be meted out to students in junior and secondary schools.

A statement by the Deputy Director General of GES, Anthony Boateng, instructed all teachers to henceforth adopt a new disciplinary toolkit.

Teachers in primary and secondary schools, the statement said, must find alternate sanctions as measures for correcting their students.

Corporal punishment inflicts on children, this approach also causes significant emotional damage.

“Some of the lasting effects of this method of disciplining school children include physical scars, emotional scars (trauma, fear, timidity etc.) and violent behaviour,” the statement added.

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However, it remains to be seen whether disciplinary action will be taken against the Assistant Headmaster captured caning the students.

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