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Why Are Boys and Those From Vulnerable Households Victims of Corporal Punishment? (Opinion)

There is a study that was conducted by an organization called Plus one, they detailed a brief about the usage about corporal punishment that is still used in South African schools, and what fascinated me is that according to their findings young boys and learners from poor and vulnerable households. This makes me wonder and question the stigma that is placed to young boys at schools and for those little boys and girls who are from poor households to suffer like this in a democratic South Africa.

This shouldn't even be a question that should be asked in our present day, every child that attends school must and they should be protected when they are in a school environment and should it happen that they err in their behavior they must be corrected, instead of being violated of their rights through corporal punishment. Young boys should not just be labeled as the naughty ones there must be a form of corrective measures that are placed before them, because this type of behavior that is not even corrected could make young boys to think that they are behaving like criminals.

School administrators should make things different and in their ways of dealing with naughty learners from which-soever background they might be coming from, the corrective measures must be placed on them and the reasonable measure is to offer psycho-social support to these kids, and if possible schools must get to conduct home visits and assess the home environments of these kids. Things must be done differently so that the future of South African children can be safe and secured.

If the schools have found that there are children within their school who may be in need of further assistance they should make inquires with the office of their local education district, and when possible both the department of education and department of social development can create measures that can assist the children who are from vulnerable households. Some children might be ill behaving because of their situations at home, and punishing these kids physically won't help them.

(Source: Plus One, Sowetan)

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