The Importance Of Corporal Punishment In Education

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It is our responsibility as teachers to find the balance between enforcing discipline in the classroom and adhering to the law simultaneously. This matter illustrates the complexity that one cannot completely factor out the enforcement of discipline as it is a vital part of a child’s development. We need to think beyond the horizon and explore novel approaches to how one can provide a learner with the distinction between right and wrong. By discovering alternatives to corporal punishment today, we can help sculpt the framework for the society of tomorrow. Teachers need to be well informed regarding these matters so that no gray areas appear when a learner misbehaves. 1. The Problem Statement Section 10 of the South African Schools Act 84 clearly…show more content…
Anyone who makes themselves guilty of corporal punishment will then be investigated by the district office or the Labour Relations Directorate and may face disciplinary hearings and further legal action depending on the severity of the case against them. (Ebrahim, 2017) The Employment of Educators Act also includes some clauses that set a clear difference between cases of misconduct and serious misconduct. If investigations reveal that the corporal punishment was aligned with a criminal offence, there are separate ways of dealing with the matter. Ultimately, an educator or school staff member will face dismissal. Other punishments that educators may face except dismissal, include counselling, warnings and final warnings, fines, suspension and demotion (Ebrahim, 2017). Learners who have fallen victim to any form of abuse may also escalate the matter and report it to the Head of Department, principal or school governing body. Learners must be informed of the different procedures which they can follow to report any behaviour of misconduct and they must be assured that it will be dealt with in confidence by protecting the learner from the situation and not expose him/her to any vengeful actions from the party that inflicted the…show more content…
This is a great way to do research and find out why the learner is acting out. One can also collaborate with the parents to work out a system on how to deal with the learner. • If the problem stems from a lack of interest in the work or the learner’s environment, one can get additional help from the student guidance council to further investigate the cause of the problem. • Relationship-building and praising of the learner may also have a positive effect. • Learners are very attentive to the behaviour of their teachers, that is why you should always lead by example. • Restorative justice can be used to illustrate to the learner how the situation could have been handled and how to prevent future problems. • Be aware of the age type with which you are dealing with, different age groups need different approaches when enforcing or maintaining discipline. • In all circumstances, be respectful and constructive and never shout or act erratically when dealing with a learner. As the educator or school staff member, you should always be in control of your emotions and the situations. If it seems as if it is spiraling out of control, consult your Head of Department to mediate the

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