- She argued that the government decision only aimed at finding what she called a ‘short-cut’ solution to the serious behavioural challenges facing the education sector in the country, and that it would not help to solve anything.
Dar es Salaam. The government has been urged to end corporal punishment in schools as it is not an effective way to guide growth of children’s behaviour.
The call was made by children’s rights activists during a national conference on ending corporal punishment organised by the Save the Children on Monday in the city.
The executive secretary of the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG), Ms Mary Massay, expressed her dismay at the announcement made by the deputy minister for Education and Vocational Training, Mr Philipo Mulugo to reinstate corporal punishments in schools.
She argued that the government decision only aimed at finding what she called a ‘short-cut’ solution to the serious behavioural challenges facing the education sector in the country, and that it would not help to solve anything.
“In my opinion, nowadays, pupils are more confident with themselves and hold high self esteem, they no longer fear physical punishment as it used to be in the old days,” she said.
For his part, National Children’s Council chairman Hassani Omari (13), urged the government to end corporal punishment in schools because it amounted to violation of children’s rights. “The government should establish alternative punishment in imparting skills, for example, extra lessons and home works, gardening, cleaning the environment, whereby these should be monitored by school committees,” he argued.
Save the Children country director Rachel Pounds, for her part said, however, corporal and other humiliating punishments can have significant negative impact on children at home, school and in the wider community.
She said that there were moments when children were badly hurt physically, causing permanent mental trauma as well. In other instances even injuries and deaths were reported.