Africa East Africa World 

Kenya’s government wants caning re-introduced in schools

– – Corporal punishment has been widely accepted as negative way of disciplining children whether at home or at school. For many activists against the practice, the human rights of these children are violated when caned. Corporal punishment is said to have serious effects on the health, safety and security of children as well as increasing the risk of physical abuse. Many countries have abolished caning in schools, replacing that with other forms of punishments that don’t inflict injuries on children. Kenya was one of those countries that banned caning…

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Africa East Africa World 

Tanzania’s President Magufuli backs caning of students

The President of Tanzania John Magufuli has lauded a senior government official for caning a group of high school students. The students who were caned while lying face down were accused of setting fire to their dormitories. A regional commissioner, Albert Chalamila was seen in a video caning the students. The commissioner’s action was condemned by a government minister but President Magufuli thinks otherwise. He disagreed with opinions that physically punishing students is an abuse of their human rights. ‘’I have spoken to Mbeya regional commissioner [Mr Chalamila], and I…

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Africa Featured South Africa Southern Africa World 

South Africa: Top court rules against spanking children

South Africa’s Constitutional Court has ruled that smacking children amounts to abusing their rights. It said the use of corporal punishment at home violates children’s rights. The court has ruled that it is unconstitutional to resort to “reasonable and moderate chastisement” of children as a form of physical discipline. The ruling was arrived at after an earlier High Court ruled in a similar way. The high court gave its ruling during a trial that involved a father who was found guilty of assaulting his 13-year-old son. The father claimed he…

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corporal punishment Africa OP-ED 

How much longer should kids tolerate the whip as a corrective measure?

To be on the receiving end of a cane, is the common nightmare of nearly every kid who’s strongly extroverted, consistent with poor grades, reports late to school, fails to turn in assignments as and when due, and likewise, other varieties of offenses that could warrant being inflicted with a good measure of bodily pain.

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