UNICEF, Teachers Council moves to halt corporal punishment in schools

UNICEF, in collaboration with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), has developed a draft national action plan targeted at ending all forms of corporal punishment in schools.

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who congratulated UNICEF and TRCN for the initiative, said the action plan would improve enrollment, retention, transition and completion in education.

Adamu, represented by Hajia Binta Abdulkadir, the Director, Senior Secondary Education Department, said this at the National Awareness Creation Meeting on Ending Corporal Punishment in Schools.

According to him, we are beginning to see a global change of how corporal punishment is considered, and now it is easier to see that it is not effective and that there are alternatives.

“The Federal Ministry of Education, therefore, endorses this plan to serve as a roadmap for ending corporal punishment in schools in line with the Child’s Right Act passed into law in 2003.

“It will help to protect children’s right to a life of violence,” he said.

The Registrar, TRCN, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, said that learning and safety could no longer be thought of as separate entities, hence the need to build a safe education to build back better and safer children.

Ajiboye called for more effort to educate parents and teachers on the implication of corporal punishment as well as the alternatives that were available to them.

According to him, good school discipline depends on skilled and properly trained teachers rather than students’ bad behaviour.

“Globally, there is a paradigm shift from corporal punishment in schools because of its effect on pupils.

“It has been proven to be ineffective, dangerous and an unacceptable method of controlling and maintaining behaviour and discipline.

“This is because it brings negative rather than positive consequences in the whole process of teaching and learning,” he said.

He, therefore, said the campaign was committed to seeing a school culture that ensured a safe and respectful environment for everyone.

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