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#JaBudget2017: Gov't to outlaw corporal punishment in schools

Published:Tuesday | March 21, 2017 | 5:07 PM

The government is to amend the law to ban corporal punishment in public schools.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement in Parliament this afternoon in his contribution to the Budget Debate as he discussed how violence has cost Jamaica some of its productive citizens.

"The Government will amend the Education Act to explicitly prohibit corporal punishment in schools," he said.

Holness said there may resistance but urged teachers and the Opposition Spokesman on Education Ronald Thwaites to support alternative means.

"The modern society that we are striving for must not use violence for correction," he said.

Several laws prohibit corporal punishment, for children in early childhood institutions, and places of safety.

"It is now time for the alternative systems of discipline and behaviour management we've developed, at great cost, become the main systems of discipline in our schools," Holness said.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister announced that the Government will launch a national campaign to promote peace building, increase the awareness of the society against violence, and reduce the use of violence in all its form in our society".