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Free State Education Department To Investigate Claims Of Corporal Punishment

“We also urge SGBs to make sure that they monitor the use of corporal punishment in our schools. But equally, we also urge learners to exercise high levels of discipline in school,” he said.

Free State Education Department To Investigate Claims Of Corporal Punishment-SurgeZirc SA
Free State Education Department To Investigate Claims Of Corporal Punishment

The Free State Department of Education has condemned images circulating on social media purportedly showing a Free State high school principal using corporal punishment on a student.

The department has expressed grave concern about the incident, alleging that the punishment was meted out to the student for missing detention at Ntsu Secondary School in Bethlehem’s Thabo Mofutsanyane District.

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The department announced on Sunday that the incident was being investigated and that anyone found guilty of violating the ban on corporal punishment would face harsh punishment.

The Constitutional Court ruled in September 2019 that the common law defence of “reasonable and moderate chastisement” was unconstitutional, effectively outlawing all corporal punishment of children.

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“We also urge SGBs to make sure that they monitor the use of corporal punishment in our schools. But equally, we also urge learners to exercise high levels of discipline in school,” he said.

“Corporal punishment is a violation of children’s rights, physical integrity, dignity, health, development and education.

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“The effects of corporal punishment are far-reaching and can cause mental and physical harm to children as well as short- and long-term aggression and antisocial behaviour in learners, even as they mature.”

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Florence Sibiya for SurgeZirc SA
Florence Sibiya for SurgeZirc SA
Florence Sibiya is a highly dedicated and talented reporter for SurgeZirc SA Business News. With her passion for business and her commitment to delivering accurate and reliable news, she has become an invaluable asset to the team.
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