Media release

Government on corporal punishment in schools

08 April 2013

 8 April 2013

Government has noted with concern incidents of corporal punishment at some schools as reported in the media.
GCIS Acting CEO, Phumla Williams says "whilst Government acknowledges the need to discipline children in order to encourage positive and responsible behaviour, such discipline must be done in a constructive manner and within the confines of the law. Teachers are encouraged to find ways to instil self-discipline amongst leaners without resorting to physical, emotional or psychological punishment.

The aim is to grow children to become responsible citizens through long-term corrective methods rather than through short-term punitive methods such as corporal punishment".
The South African Constitution protects the rights of children and in this instance the rights of learners.  Learners must however appreciate that with every right comes responsibility. "Learners are therefore encouraged to do their part and play an active and constructive role in building their future.  They must be at school on time, in classes learning, respect teachers, parents and fellow learners", said Williams.

During this Freedom Month, Government encourages learners to develop a consciousness of proactively practising values based on love, kindness, truthfulness and esteem for fellow South Africans.  In addition, teachers and parents must assist in developing these qualities both within the family, which is the foundation of society and within communities in which they belong.

Working together we can do more.

Phumla Williams
Cell: 083 501 0139

Issued by Government Communication and Information System

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