The queen of Taviefe, Mama sea Fenu III say caning pupils in schools has contributed to making Ghanaians brazen liars to timid.“In school they [pupils] have to lie to avoid the strokes of the cane and so they have grown up with it,” she said at a ceremony to pass out 298 diploma nursing students of the Ho Nurses College, after a training programme in basic human rights.
She also revealed that the impact of the practice had also made some coy instead of being assertive and probing.
Mama Fenu further noted that corporal punishment was dehumanising, leaving psychological scars on sufferers for life, explaining that there were other punishment options to utilise to ensure discipline.
She condemned the practice among teachers and school heads to list canes, as part of the materials to be provided before enrolment or to deliver periodically.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) has banned the use of corporal punishment in schools but some institutions have maintained that they consider it as an indispensable tool in the enforcement of discipline.