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Holness wants parliament to debate ending beating of children

Published:Tuesday | November 7, 2017 | 6:57 PM
Holness ... the parliament should debate the matter with a view to stopping the beating of children.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that it is time for a debate in parliament in relation to the ending of corporal punishment in Jamaica.

In his contribution to the 2017 budget debate earlier this year, Holness announced that the government would amend the Education Act to prohibit corporal punishment in schools.

Speaking in parliament Tuesday afternoon, Holness reiterated that commitment but said he believes the country should go further.

He said while there is no consensus at the moment on ending the practice in homes, the parliament should debate the matter with a view to stopping the beating of children.

 

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Holness was speaking against the background of a recent a UNICEF Report indicating the frightening number of Jamaican children who die violently and who are regularly subjected to sexual violence and violent discipline.

The report noted that eight in ten Jamaican children in the two to 14 age group experience violence as a form of discipline.  

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