The Ghana Education Service, as part of efforts aimed at promoting a safe and protective learning environment for children, has urged education directors to adopt the Positive Discipline Toolkit.
The Positive Discipline Toolkit, which was developed in 2016, contains positive and constructive alternatives to correcting children.
This comes following an official ban of all forms of corporal punishment of children in public and private schools in 2017.
In a letter dated January 10, 2019 and signed by the Deputy Director-General of GES, Mr. Anthony Boateng, it “is directing teachers in all pre-tertiary schools (public and private) in Ghana with immediate effect, to adopt the Positive Discipline Toolkit together with other sanctions prescribed…as measures for correcting pupils and students in schools.”
According to the GES, “the negative effects of corporal punishment is making Ghanaians, particularly, more and more committed on the need to bring an end to its practice in Ghanaian schools.”
They argued that apart from the physical pain corporal punishment inflicts on children, the approach also causes significant emotional damage aside the physical scar it leaves on the victims.
They also stated that children who were subjected to corporal punishment consistently repeat the offences for which they are punished.
The GES adds that the focus of the disciplinary tools will be to inculcate desired behaviours into school children will be realized through
- Participatory approaches,
- Promoting mutual respect between the teacher and student,
- Involving children in the setting of values, expected standards of behaviour and disciplinary measures, and
- Employing reformative responses to misbehaviour that are commensurate to the offence committed.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor|Universnewsroom.com