Caning in our schools, the story so far
In our schools today, caning seems to persist although the Ghana Education Service has come out clear on it.
“Caning is a form of corporal punishment consisting of a number of hits (known as “strokes” or “cuts”) with a single cane usually made of rattan, generally applied to the offender’s bare or clothed buttocks (see spanking) or hand(s) (on the palm) Wikipedia
The GES stand on Caning
The GES has instructed and informed that caning has been abolished in all schools and better ways of dealing with pupils who break school rules invented. Correcting a child or a learner does not require the use of the cane. However, this policy instruction is only in the books in many schools across the country.
Many of aged, parents and middle-aged brothers and sisters will tell you that, the cane made them good and responsible people today and helped them to attain higher heights. This assertion may be true but it is equally true that the cane has also made others stop schooling and destroyed lives.
Are teachers caning?
Teachers today continue to use the cane at their own discretion or under the supervision of the head teacher.
However, the manner in which some teachers use the cane leaves much to be desired.
Due to the ban on the use of the cane and corporal punishment in schools, the level of indiscipline in our basic and secondary schools is on the rise. This high level of indiscipline may be feeding out tertiary institutions as well. How true is this?
Teachers are divided in opinion as far as the use of the cane is concerned. Parents and other stakeholders of education have divergent views as well. While some prefer the use of the cane, others say a big no to it use to correct children or students. say indiscipline in schools on the rise.
Many teachers hold the view that, the ban on caning has done more harm than good to our education. Students have become disrespectful they say. In some instances, students have threatened to report teachers to the law enforcement officers of the Ghana Police Service if they are caned. Such comments are not really bad but rather an indication that the students know their rights which also come with the responsibility to be of good behaviour as a student.
Negative effects of canning
The outcome of canning cannot be ignored because many have suffered injuries as a result. This boy is an example of such an old-fashioned way fo correcting our school children.
The cane, when used excessively, kills the curiosity of the leaner. Curiosity helps you learn, investigate and ask questions because you want to acquire a certain knowledge. Caning can make children lose that spirit to probe, talk or contribute to discussions in class, they lose interest in school as well.
Sometimes, preschool children and those in lower primary do not want to come to school and will cry throughout the journey to school. Sometimes, it may be due to the way he or she is treated by the teacher. Excessive caning makes children fear the teacher and school. They always wish the morning never comes.
Many students lose interest in subjects such as Mathematics and Science. This is because of the rate at which some of the teachers who handle these subjects. They dish out lashes for every mistake. Often without checking their teaching methods, the understanding level of the and the learner’s cognitive ability.
It is assumed that each time a child is not performing, he or she is lazy. It might also be the outcome of a teacher without the necessary knowledge or teaching skill to handle the subject. Education has evolved and teachers need to be abreast with new methods of teaching the same thing.
Caning leads to the widening of the gap between the learner and the teacher. The more the cane the distance widens and children may not like you because of this love for canning.
The use of the cane does not always make the child learn. It only makes the child fear the teacher and so will just behave in a certain way to please you. In the long run, the child is negatively affected psychologically. The teacher’s emotional inteliigence is needed in such circumstances.