A teacher, Mrs. Odunola Taiwo of Adeoye International School, located in the Iyana Iyesi, in the Ota area of Ogun State, South-West, Nigeria has been suspended over allegations of inflicting corporal punishment on three year old Chizaram Ebere. Her mother, Elizabeth Ebere reports that the beating resulted in sickness for her daughter. The incident which occured on the 28th of October, 2021, also led to the infliction of marks on the legs of the three year old which according to her teacher were due to the fact that the girl failed to write that day.
In a later development however, the Commissioner for Education in Ogun State, Professor Abayomi Arigbabu in a meeting with the management of Adeoye International School issued a stern warning to teachers across the state to eliminate the practice of corporal punishment because it had the propensity to lead to graver consequences like the loss of vital body parts, death, reduction of a child’s confidence while ultimately tarnishing the image of the state.
He stated in clear terms that the government will never condone any corrective action that will inflict pain or injury on a child while mandating teachers to adopt more humane methods of discipline and school administrators to institute trainings to ensure same. The government’s directive is hopefully a ray of hope in the march towards eliminating corporal punishment which for so long has remained a dangerous cankerwork that has eaten deeply into the fabric of the Nigerian society.
REFERENCES Mariam Ileyemi, “School Suspends Teacher As Ogun Government Issues Stern Warning” Premium Times Newspapers (November 11, 2021) Ishola Oludare, “Stop Beating Children, Ogun Teachers Warned” Daily Post (November 11, 2021)
My parent raised me with severe corporal punishment, therefore I will discipline my child using corporal punishment.
The above phrase is what most African parents use as their justification for the use of corporal punishment on their children, student or ward. Some parents further argue that the use of corporal punishment on them has made them who they are today. I often ask the question “Who are you now? What has corporal punishment made you become? The answer I often get is that- corporal punishment has made me very disciplined and focused in life. Yet, you are not as successful as you’ve always wanted to be in life, you are not a trust worthy person. Wait… do you think the children raised without corporal punishment are ill-mannered? I bet not, because the societies that are against corporal punishment are the world leading countries with less violence. We need to understand that violence and discipline are two different things. When you decide to make it a norm then you have decided to accept violence such as killing, fighting, slaughtering, raping, bullying and all other forms of violence into the society.
I laugh really hard when I meet monster parents and not disciplined parents. How can a mother cut her child’s skin or whip the child until he/she faint🤨. The joy that some parents have when they instill fear or pain on their children is alarming. As a parent there is a certain period when you can no longer instill fear on that child, the reverse becomes the case and then, how will that make you feel?
A child who thinks he/she was raised properly with corporal punishment was not raised but erased, because, that child grew up in fear without been able to make certain decisions or give opinions that affects his/her life. A child is not irrelevant, we need to understand that children are also humans and are kept in the care of an adult to guide them positively not abuse them.
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About a month and five days ago, (August 26, 2021) a video surfaced on the internet where a black teenager (16-year old Jamir Strane) was pinned down by his teacher (William Bennett) and pulled in his hair while the student screamed in pain. The boy reacted by punching the teacher in his face and has been charged for assault in addition to the ten days suspension meted out to him.
The cause of the incident is that Strane was using a bandana as a mask for which he was castigated by his teacher who thought that he was deliquent. The teacher then referred to Strane as “Another Black Boy that Got Shot” The incident happened at Eric C. Moore High School in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. Reacting to the incident, Renee Murphy who is Jefferson County Public School’s Spokeswoman noted that the teacher had been suspended from the classroom but reassigned to the district’s materials production department where he will be working on non-instructional duties.The lad’s mother, Erica Strane on her part started a Go Fund Me Page in furtherance of seeking justice for her son in the law courts and paying attendant legal fees.
Fervently do we hope however that there will be less altercations like that experienced between Jamir Strane and William Bennett in future. Fervently do we hope and earnestly do we crave a world where there is respect for the dignity of the human person so jealously guarded by Article 1 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR 1948) ; a world in which respect and love for one another is not just a carrot dangled in the faces of people, which they cannot eat; a world in which there is no disrespect on the basis of gender, social class or race. For the sake of clarity, Article 1 of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights provides thus: “[a]ll human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”