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Alternatives to corporal punishment in school

Dorovolomo, Jeremy (2010) Alternatives to corporal punishment in school. Directions: Journal of Educational Studies, 31 (1 & 2). pp. 78-94. ISSN 1011-5846

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I remember pupils being whipped while I was at school. My cousin was whipped so badly with a cane at our village school that from then on he hated school. My class three teacher did not whip children but those who came in late, or did not do their homework, or whispered in class, would be made to stand up in front with heavy books on outstretched arms. When the children could not bear the load on their arms, they would drop it and cry, and would be told not to repeat the offence. I witnessed pain being inflicted and children being humiliated in front of the other children. I was also a recipient of corporal punishment, supposedly to correct me of my ‘wrong doings’. Discussion on the issue of corporal punishment has been stirred up again in the last few years in Fiji as a result of certain corporal punishments incidents in Fiji schools. Corporal punishment is defined as ‘deliberate infliction of pain intended as correction or punishment’ (Raicola, 2006:7). This paper supports the ban on corporal punishment, accompanied by consistent application of relevant laws and regulations, and suggests alternative ways of disciplining children.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 13 May 2010 04:30
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2012 08:17

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