Education Ministry to issue revised directive on corporal punishment to schools
The Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, says the ministry will soon issue a revised directive to public schools on the use of corporal punishment and its alternatives.
Meanwhile, Thwaites says the ministry will be undertaking a study on beating in schools.
Yesterday, the parliamentary Opposition and the National Parenting Support Commission said the time had come for the Education Minister, to ban beating in schools.
The debate over the use of corporal punishment was resurrected on Monday after a 59-year-old St Richard's Primary School teacher was arrested and charged with assault having reportedly beaten a grade-five student with a ruler, injuring the child.
Corporal punishment remains legal, but the Education Minister has discouraged the practice, warning teachers to leave the physical disciplining of children to their parents.