The founder and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Education policy think tank, Educate Africa Institute (EAI), William Boadi has pleaded with authorities to reinstate corporal punishment in schools to reduce indiscipline.
He explained that years ago, corporal punishment was part of the measure laid down to combat insubordination and indiscipline among students which positively impacted the lives
“In the olden days when students who continuously disobeyed the rules of a school, were made to uproot a tree, weed a large compound in the school, and sometimes were caned and other forms of punishment and I think it was beneficial and contributed to a high sense of moral upbringing and discipline in our schools, therefore halting these corporal punishments has resulted into the increasing rate of indiscipline among students,” he said.
Mr. Boadi urged parents who are fond of attacking teachers who punish their wards to desist from such behaviours.
“Parents of the late attack teachers for a punishment given to their wards which I think is very bad. I entreat all parents to desist from this behavior. Let’s support teachers to produce better future leaders. We can all play our part,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Assistant headmistress for St. Marys Senior High School has attributed the indiscipline among students to their upbringing in their homes.
“Indiscipline emanates from homes so parents should be accountable for their children to alleviate teachers of outrageous behaviors,” she said.
Indiscipline in schools in Ghana has been on the rise over the past few months.
About 40 students of Krobea Asante Technical and Vocational School at Asokore in the Ashanti Region were arrested on January 22, 2022, for causing damage to school property.
The students went on a rampage on Sunday morning, protesting the poor results of their predecessors in their final examination.
Prior to that, The Ghana Education Service (GES) dismissed eight students of the Chiana Senior High School in the Upper East Region for allegedly insulting President Akufo-Addo.
They were later called back after the President called for their reinstatement.
Story by: Emmanuella Adu Gyamfi | univers.ug.edu.gh