Deputy Education Minister Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum says there is no way government is going to reintroduce caning in schools in the country for those days are passed.
“We have gone passed the days we whipped school children like animals”, Mr. Adutwum disclosed.
Indiscipline in the country’s Senor High School (SHSs) assumed an alarming proportion as some final year students went on demonstration in some schools just because teachers did not allow them to cheat during their examination.
As a result, some properties belonging to those schools were destroyed by students while others poured insult on President of the Republic of Ghana Akufo-Addo.
Since the incident, some individuals including parents and associations in the education sector have called for the reintroduction of caning in Ghanaian schools. They are of the view that, caning will bring back discipline among children in schools and also the society.
But Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum who believes otherwise in an interview with Nhyira Fm in Kumasi monitored said that will draw the country back in development as far as education is concerned.
When asked if the ministry is considering reintroduction of caning into the educational system he responded saying “the reality is that, apart from students cheating during examination, there is nothing wrong as far as discipline is concerned in our schools”.
He categorically stated that, among the numerous students the country has, only few have so far demonstrated an act of indiscipline hence it does not qualify for any change to be made in instilling discipline in students.
“We have to rather praise our kids in school for good behaviour and not to reintroduce caning because of few ones. This is not the matter of caning. We must rather ask for the reasons why most of them didn’t demonstrate against authority.
It doesn’t call for us to whip children in school if few of them are misbehaving” he said.
Dr. Yaw Adutwum insisted that, children can’t think when they are whipped and that caning makes them timid in the classroom.
He further entreated that, it is better for stakeholders in the education to do a broader consultation to make sure examination malpractices becomes a thing of the past rather than calling for reintroduction of corporal punishment in schools.