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Ban on Caning: Stakeholders support GES directive

By Wendy Amarteifio
Ban on Caning:Stakeholders support GES directive

Stakeholders in the country seem to be gaining the needed support on the ban of corporal punishment directive by the Ghana Education Service(GES).

The latest to support GES directive on the ban of corporal punishment is the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition.

Following sections of the children's act 1998 which state that the abuse of caning constitutes an inhumane act which affects the physical and mental being of children,  Kofi Asare chairman of coalition revealed their support for the ban.

According to him,''Our backing of the GES directive to ban the use of corporal punishment in schools is mainly based on the laws of Ghana. The children's act of 1998 clearly states that any form of punishment that is declared inhumane and affects the physical well being of the child should not be preferred.

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He added ''And we think that caning is a form of physical abuse and for that matter shouldn't be encouraged as a form of corporal punishment in our schools. Our decision is solely based on the children's act of Ghana''.

This follows the move by the Ghana Education Service, GES, to officially ban corporal punishment in all private and public basic and second cycle schools.

The GES has introduced positive disciplinary tools in basic and senior high schools across the country. In the implementation of the policy will see a total ban on the use of canes.

Meanwhile, Rt. Rev. Samuel K. Osabutey, Diocesan Bishop of Accra Methodist Church Ghana says if the Ghana Education Service, GES, continues to ban caning, otherwise known as corporal punishment in schools, Ghana risks a total failure of discipline in schools and within the larger Ghanaian society.

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