Thwaites urges educators not to resort to corporal punishment after teacher charged for beating student
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, is urging teachers not to resort to corporal punishment while disciplining students.
Speaking generally on the issue after news came that a 59-year-old corporate area teacher was charged yesterday for beating a grade five student, the education minister acknowledged that corporal punishment remains legal.
However, Thwaites says the Education Ministry discourages the practice.
The Education Minister says teachers should inform parents about any behavioral issues which arise with children throughout the day.
He says teachers should leave the physical disciplining to parents.
At the same time, Thwaites says parents must do more to discipline their children and not leave this up to teachers.
The education minister says he sympathises with teachers who have to deal with unruly children who are not sufficiently governed.
However, he says where minor incidents of corporal punishment occur, parents and teachers should be able to discuss it without it becoming a court matter.