Stop child bru­tal­ity now, teach­ers warned

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS -

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.

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