The Ghana Education Service has warned all teachers in both public and private pre-tertiary schools to as a matter priority desist from lashing any child for whatever reason, MyNewsGh.com has learnt.
A copy of the GES Letter containing the directive intercepted by MyNewsGh.com signed by Deputy GES Director-General, Anthony Boateng, ordered all schools to immediately adopt “Positive Discipline ToolKit” as a check on children’s behaviour instead of caning them as a deterrent.
GES is directing school heads to adopt “Positive Discipline Toolkit containing positive and constructive alternatives to correcting children was developed in 2016 as a component of the Safe Schools Resource Pack.”
The GES letter explains that the PDT is an alternative because “apart from the physical pain corporal punishment inflicts on children, this approach also causes significant emotional damage.”
“Some of the lasting effects of this method of disciplining school children include physical scars, emotional scars (trauma, fear, timidity etc.) and violent behaviour.”
According to Research MyNewsGh.com sighted on study.com, “Positive discipline is a more effective way to manage misbehaving students in the classroom, rather than using punishment or rewards. It allows students to learn and adapt their behaviors to meet expectations in the classroom, while simultaneously teaching them how to make better choices in their path to adulthood.”
“If a student misbehaves in the classroom, a teacher must have a few techniques that they can use to reduce or eliminate the unwanted behavior. From misbehaving in the classroom to not doing the assigned work, there are many ways to deal with unwanted behavior including punishment, discipline, or even using rewards. However, the most effective method for dealing with students that are misbehaving in the classroom is using positive discipline.” It added.
GES has developed its own handbook on the subject matter to guide all Teachers in Ghana in both private and public schools.