Corporal punishment, which used to be a means of punishing and correcting students in Ghanaians pre-tertiary schools, was banned years ago however, the practice is still a common scene in some public and private pre-tertiary schools in Ghana.
The National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) in an effort to stamp out the practice entirely has indicated that under the corporal punishment policy prescribed by the Ministry of Education (MoE), its outfit has banned canning of students in all pre-tertiary schools in the country.
NaSIA’s ban announcement follows reaching its offices from parents whose wards have suffered forms of corporal punishment recently. The act reported to the NaSIA is said to have resulted in physical and emotional repercussions to the Management of the Schools Inspectorate Authority and the Education Ministry.
In a letter sighted by Ghanaeducation.org, the National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA) has called on all school owners and Heads of pre-tertiary schools in the country to adhere to the rule and to note that canning is considered an offence under the corporal punishment policy.
“Please take note that such practices are considered an offence under the corporal punishment policy prescribed by the Ministry of Education, which has been adopted by the National Schools Inspectorate Authority,”
Headteachers, school proprietors have therefore been charged to serve as watchdogs and ensure the use of canes and all forms of corporal punishment are discouraged in schools.