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St. Lucia to abolish corporal punishment in schools

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CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Mar 1, CMC – The St. Lucia government says it is moving to abolish the use of corporal punishment in schools.

In a statement, the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development said it has suspended and eventually abolish corporal punishment in schools in keeping with the many international conventions that the island is a signatory.

Chief Education Officer, Ruffina Charles, said that while the Education Act had no stated policy for the abolition of corporal punishment it did contain structures in the Act that stipulated how corporal punishment should be administered.

Charles said however that the department must ensure that the mandates stipulated in the conventions, which includes protection of children, are achieved.

The Ministry said that to aid in the implementation process, it has established a working committee charged with the responsibility of deciding the required initiatives and implementation dates towards the eventual abolition of corporal punishment.

The initiatives will include the sensitization of the general public and training for educators on island.

In 2007, the Ministry of Education established the Child Friendly Schools initiative with a pilot project implemented at two schools and has been adding two new schools every year.

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9 comments

  1. Schools are institution of instruction for the social, emotional, creative and academic discipline of all students. Schools are levellers. How can students be educated when teachers use brutalizing and traumatising practices for wrong doing and indiscretion? There are humane ways to effect change in students by cultivating and fostering mutual regards and respect. Abolishing corporal punishment is the progressive way forward.

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  2. After they removed corpoeal punishment , rhe children in children had to depend on an SBA to pass . Some of them are in form six doing that watererd down Cape from that stupid , waste of time CXC , cannot read and spell properly , but will still pass . Real stupidness . With corporal punishment people passed real exams like in GCE - Oxford , London and Cambridge . The children are now so messed up in Trinidad because they are not getting a good cut - ass !

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  3. Hm.. what choosing to do will be bring hell to our country i'm 19 still a student and what you choose to do will bring chaos to st.lucia stop trying to be like Americans and start acting like st.Lucians

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    • Neil Mathurasingh

      You all will pay for that! Look at how bad and violent the Trinidad youth has become . You all should keep corporal punishment . We in Trinidad in our forties are seeing the evils of it now . St .Lucia will be lossed forever !

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  4. Just another Lucian

    Hmm. I hope they are as zealous to look into the REAL problems that are in schools. Because at the end of the day everybody likes to make teachers the problem. Teachers are painted as abusive once they resort to using corporal punishment. Look at the pic that the media chose to use.

    It's ok. I'm a teacher and parent. In any given system you will get those who may break the rules i.e. a trigger happy police officer, an insensitive and cruel judge, a bad doctor. Does that mean we should disarm the police officers, overrule all judges, sue all doctors once something doesn't go the way intended?

    Corporal punishment has/had it's place. Everyone will agree that "for some reason" the youth in this day and age are FAR MORE disrespectful then before and there doesn't seem to be any slowing down in sight. I remember the effect that the awareness of being punished for certain brought and it encouraged me to be respectful, honest and just law abiding. It's similar to the way I feel if I consider doing something unlawful like driving without my license being up to date. Do we really want our kids growing up without those types of restraints?

    America seems to be the main role model of this idea. Do we like what we see when we observe their children?

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  5. The government should also abolish corporal punishment from parents, and put laws in place like America has so that parents who break the law could be put in jail, and the children taken away and be given to foster parents. Yes! I am that stupid to say such a thing...but before you pass judgement consider the governments path carefully...If you believe children don't listen now, imagine what it will be like when they start telling you about their "rights"!

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  6. Children should be rewarded for their good deeds but punished for the negatives. Punishment do not have to be physical but effective enough, to bring a positive change. The rod enabled the older generation to be well behaved. Globalization is in full swing. What's good for the goose may not be good for the gander.

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  7. Nuff of them deserve so serious licks in their ass rude and disrespectful is the norm of the day faze it out slowly please.

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  8. ITS ABOUT DAMN TIME 4 DAT ALL THOSE YEARS OF YEARS OF 4KIN TEACHERS BEATING US SAVAGELY 4 GETTING WORK WRONG PUTTING FEAR IN SOME STUDENTS YESSSSS ABOLISH IT 4 GOOD MAYBE THEN KIDS WILL BE MORE RELAXED IN CLASS AND THE FEAR OF GETTING BEAT 4 GETTING WORK WRONG WONT BE THERE AND MORE KIDS WILL APPLY DEMSELVES

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