Importance Of Discipline In South Africa

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INTRODUCTION According to Maphumulo and Vakalisa (2000) the teacher is assigned to a classroom with a legitimate power and authority, vested in him/her by the society through legislation and through customs. Discipline is a major challenge that educators face in most parts of South Africa. The concept of discipline often brings up the thought of punishment when learners do not follow rules. In colonial-apartheid South African schools were identified with harsh punishment and brutal discipline, in post-apartheid South Africa corporal punishment is unlawful and unjust. Section 12 of the South African Constitution Act (108 of 1996) states that “everyone has the right not to be treated or punished in a cruel, inhuman or degrading way”. In line…show more content…
The Constitution contains a specific section that focuses on children. In the Bill of Rights section 12 states that everyone has the right to be free from all forms of violence, not to be treated or punished in a cruel, inhumane or degrading way and that everyone has the right to bodily and psychological integrity. Section 10 then confirms the right to human dignity. All these provisions are also for the protection of children as section 9 provides that everyone is equal before the law and that discrimination on the basis of age is prohibited. Section 28 of the Bill of Rights protects children from neglect, maltreatment, abuse and degradation and states that a child’s best interests are of the highest importance in every matter concerning the child. All corporal punishment of children in South Africa, this includes in the family environment, school environment or other institutions, are in contradiction of the constitutional protection of children’s rights to bodily integrity, protection from violence and…show more content…
In most cases when a parent implements punishment it is at the child’s best interest with love and respect. As educators have little contact with each learners, they do not know the emotional wellbeing of the learner and do not always have the child’s best interest at heart. With this being said, it might also be a good idea for the Constitution to rethink measure of corporal punishment, as some forms of minor corporal punishment as years ago with a slap on the back of the hand for not doing homework can also bring about more respect for educators. Instead the Constitution limits punishment that will actually teach a learner a lesson, learners do not feel the need to respect the educator in front of the class or their instructions. Then again the question that comes to mind is what each person’s view of minor punishment might be. When corporal punishment is being discussed, it is a very broad and complicated topic which can bring about a lot of emotions from the different cultures and believes. Because of our cultural rich environment corporal punishment will have an different meaning to everyone and thus make it a difficult part of education to monitor and

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