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Banning Corporal Punishment Fuelling Indiscipline In Schools - Teachers

Banning Corporal Punishment Fuelling Indiscipline In Schools - Teachers

Teachers have implored the government to revise laws on corporal punishment saying the ban on canning learners is now contributing to indiscipline in schools.

This comes after violent pupils gangs unleashed terror at Msiteli High School in Bulawayo’s Mpopoma suburb, spreading fear among teachers.

Two weeks ago, the gangs fought running battles at the school resulting in the destruction of a section of the school pre-cast wall and window panes.

The gangs were fighting each other using dangerous weapons like catapults, stones and knobkerries.

A teacher at Msiteli who spoke on condition of anonymity said the Government must revise laws on corporal punishment as they are contributing to indiscipline in schools. Said the teacher:

Personally, I am making plans to move to another school because I am afraid of what these gangs can do to me.

According to school rules, a child must be expelled after being blacklisted three times.

Imagine if the violence that occurred at the school was the first, what next will they do? Definitely something bigger.

Another teacher said the gangs have threatened some teachers at the school as they know that nothing will be done to them. He said:

The gang members camp outside the school and as teachers dismiss you hear them talking that this is the one who beat me up yesterday.

We blame the banning of corporal punishment as pupils no longer fear the school head and teachers as they know nothing will be done to them.

Another teacher said bullying at the school was a big problem and learners are afraid to report it to school authorities. Said the teacher:

It is really a cause for concern because after experiencing violence of that magnitude teachers are really starting to question their own safety.

Although they are not the primary target it is not long before they are the target. The safety of the learners is in the hands of teachers when at school so once we involve ourselves, we will be attacked.

Teachers are becoming more and more reluctant to administer issues of discipline which has seen a rise in cases of lesson bunking and absenteeism.

This has been worsened by the banning of corporal punishment in schools which has left teachers at the mercy of the learners.

It is also making it difficult for teachers to make follow-ups on learners who don’t do their school work.

When reached for comment last week, Primary and Secondary Education ministry director of information and advocacy, Taungana Ndoro said authorities were working flat out to flush the scourge.

More: Chronicle


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25 Comments

Mai Muna 6 months ago

Ini mwana wemunhu handina nguva yekurova ndongodana muberreki paanongoita mskanzwa ndofambira basa rangu. Kudzidzisa kumaka nekutsvairisa mklasi zvimwe zvetwunyaya handiiti


Ndlovu Trevor 6 months ago

Ummmm the government is promoting war in schools. Truely as vulnerable pupils we also struggle a lot from the harrassment we encounter from our fellow pupils. What is the government policy say of dis tragedy dat is taking place in schools. Hmmmmn no no no. I think if they restore back the sporting activities in schools it would be much better coz ummmm it's a time bomb of disastrous incidents from scues. #Lets fight the ban of corporal punishment in schools.


Draco bad and bougee 6 months ago

Spare the rod ,spoil the child.......nuff said


raamsesb 6 months ago

kkk .hapana hangu zvandi nga taura.words failed me.i ran out of words


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Lee 6 months ago

Nezuro chaiye mumwe teacher akarova hanzvadzi yangu ruoko neduster akasvika kumba akazvimba pamusoro peruoko apa hanzi manonokerei Kusubmita maCalaz of which havana kuvaudza kuti chiuyai nawo hanzi dai mabvunza vamwe.Kurova vana hatirambidze but ivai nemoyo wekubereka mateacher.


Kkkk 6 months ago

File a police report. That teacher is wayward

MuGrade 2 6 months ago

Ichoo. .maticha anotirova zveshuwa

Elias Makanga 6 months ago

It's now difficult to deal with learners nowadays as teacher because of less value and kids knows that. The of discussing teachers with it's not good parents I urge you to not say bad things about because kids will carry that information to school for example that of a teacher who toucher the A level student was bad but parents don't comment angrily in the presence of kids
Thank you


Kkkk 6 months ago

...are you a teacher?

Tentin 6 months ago

Please bear in mind that the so called children's rights are also applying to parents; the same restriction the teacher is facing, is the same restriction the parent is facing.

The Government must take responsibility for wayward Children, since it is the one which has implemented the so called children's rights


Rabbi Isaacson 6 months ago

I implore the current SDA/SDC at Msiteli High school to call a meeting of parents/guardians of learners at this school and come with good/legally valid schools to make their school function normally. This they can do with the assistance of lawyers so they come up school rules which make a good school.

There are good/responsible parents/guardians at Msiteli High.

There is no way learners can become law unto themselves.


Rabbi Isaacson 6 months ago

legally valid school rules

N. P Tery 6 months ago

Ko simba rokurova maticha anoriwana kupiko nhai nrnzara iyoyo. Ngavasiye zvakadaro mhani.


Elyse 6 months ago

Kkkkkk

Petros 6 months ago

Ini hangu, as a teacher, I have decided to just do what I have to do-just teach, mark and the rest hameno havo vana vacho nevabereki. After all the longest period I usually have nevana vamwe chete in same class is a year or two. So hameno ikoko. Ndofirei hangu. Maybe it's carelessness but hapana chekufira. Vana votishungurudza, vabereki vanetsa, government yotibhadhara nzungu. Kana kutsiura chaiko mwana wemunhu ini maya.


Petros 6 months ago

Kkkkk chokwadi.

Kkkk 6 months ago

@Petros you forgot 'take money from parents'...

Do that 6 months ago

Nhayi Hama dzangu mwana ngaarangwe Saka munoti imi Varikutonga nyika awa wese kurohwa ere kuchikoro...? Couple punishment is Gudah my advice is all PE teachers must be taught how to Discipline a child through the Zpsc (prisons) on how to Cann a Child that way that better.


Cobra King 6 months ago

Teachers learn to live other things as long you get your peanuts. Zvimwe zvacho siyanai nazvo.


Gogodera 6 months ago

At 1 time takamboita SDA member's pakaipa vana nevamwe vabereki vanoshandisa zvinodhaka nekuona mapono saka vari violent zvekuti kudzimba ndozvavanongoita vakauya kuchikoro vokodzeresa


Dikaz 6 months ago

The problem vamwe varairidzi vakanzi varange vanotoda kuponda... Plus vamwe varairidzi Vanovenga vamwe vana.. taiveko kuchikoro varairidzi avaa vamwe vacho Havana oder..


Kkkk 6 months ago

...being underpaid is no reason at all to begrudge anyone let alone a child. Ukaona teacher anodaro he/ she EVIL. I have used the less severe word here.

Only One 6 months ago

I beg to differ coz i believe that if teachers are remunerated well and we go back to use of corporal punishment, no teacher can have a grudge with a student

Fanuel 6 months ago

If they want corporal punishment removed them there must be a way of "punishing", bringing to book or fining parents or guardians for the children's behavior at school. Mubereki anozoziva zvekuita nemwana wake kuti asanetse kuchikoro. Why? Because some of these kids are spoilt brats from home and their parents are the same ones who say no to caning of children at school.


Ba Tadi 6 months ago

True that maparents are the ones who should be given a penalty for their kids "CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME " gavi rinobva kuma svuuriro


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