Stop child brutality now, teachers warned
WHILE reports of pupils getting injured and sometimes paralysed at the hands of teachers continue to dominate local media, the ministry of education and training maintains that corporal punishment remains banned.
A recent incident occured at Ekuphakameni Community Primary School where a boy lost his eye after a splinter from a stick got into his eye and damaged it. During the speech and prize giving day at Mphundle High School, Schools Inspector Gugu Dlamini warned teachers against going against the ministry’s orders which banned corporal punishment. Dlamini was representing the regional education office.
Dlamini said the ministry was worried by reports of pupils getting injured at school, a place where they are expected to be kept safe. She emphasised that the ministry decided to ban corporal punishment as a way to prevent such incidents where a pupil would be injured. Dlamini said it appeared that some teachers were frustrated by personal issues, and would vent their frustrations on the children, injuring them in the process. “Teachers must just stop this brutality at once and avoid incidents where the ministry will then be dragged to court after a pupil has been injured,” said Dlamini.
However, Dlamini said pupils also have a responsibility to behave accordingly. She said in this regard, teachers had a duty to create a friendly environment for the pupils so that they may voice out their problems without fear or intimidation.