Tuesday, June 18, 2024

The reintroduction of corporal punishment in Schools slammed


Zitukule Consortium Executive Director Nicholas Phiri has slammed the National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) for calling for the reintroduction of corporal punishment in Schools.

Recently, National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) Executive Director Aaron Chansa called for the reintroduction of corporal punishment in schools.

And speaking on a Special Programme this week on the commemoration of the International Day of the Child which falls annually on November 20, Mr. Phiri said Article 15 of Republican Constitution has banned all forms of inhuman treatment in the country.

Mr. Phiri has since urged NAQEZ to understand the legal provisions pertaining to the Education Act in the in the Laws of Zambia before embarking on promoting the retrogressive advocacy of reintroducing corporal punishment in schools.

“Article 15 of Republican Constitution has banned all forms of inhuman treatment in the country” Phiri said


  1. Recently, National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) Executive Director Aaron Chansa called for the reintroduction of corporal punishment in schools. Chansa waba itole chi colour.You should be practicing corporal punishment on your children at home. Shame on you!!! waba amaso pa meso.

    • You are just pathetic, a total disgrace!! You think insults will ever achieve anything??? Do you pray to God, I wonder??? What can you ever teach your children??? DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bo munyenge if you have children I bet they will turn out to be the scum of the earth. What type of a father can come up with such insults on a subject that needs intelligent discourse and analysis? The apple does not fall far from the tree .

  2. Corporal punishment in schools is fine provided it is administered judiciously with the right intentions. It is Biblical: Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them (Proverbs 13:24). Note the words, “careful to discipline them.” This should be the intention. It should not degenerate into child abuse. I can tell you that most people from old schools, including myself, have grown up a disciplined lot. Most of today’s children are rebellious both at school and at home. The axiom “Spare the rod and spoil the child” still holds good, because God’s word endures forever. Corporal punishment is not inhuman treatment. It is discipline.

    • And well put, brother: you are spot on!! These human rights issues should really be scrutinised. African culture emphasises a lot on respect and as you have put it above, God through the bible teaches us the importance of discipline. Some of these human rights things are ungodly, we need to be careful. I SUPPORT THE RE-INTRODUCTION OF CORPORAL PUNISHMENT AS LONG AS IT IS DONE ALONG GUIDELINES THAT DON’T LET IT FALL INTO ABUSE.

    • The bible meant well but you cant entrust this with our frustrated teachers in Zambia. Please don’t give them this licence to kill, there will be careless and reckless as usual. Gone are the days when we had serious inspectors of schools going round schools. Please NO CORPORAL PUNISHMENT. If somebody touches my child, you must be ready to disappear if I find out. It will be a WAR which wont end until….

  3. I will respect all opinions on this subject but I have a story to tell. When I was in sub ‘b’ I was naughty and one day my teacher gave me a stroke of the can for some wrong I did. I told the teacher that I was going to report him to my father who was a policeman. When I reached home I told my father that my teacher had whipped me. All that my father did was pick up a stick and started whipping me saying ‘the teacher is always right. From that time I stopped being naughty because I realised that every punishment has a cause. Yes there are some punishments which are beyond the offence committed. As such Headteachers should monitor the type of punishment being given to children.

  4. At no 1 ?ooking at your name (which is a seudo name and an insult) plus your reaction to the subject justifies the immediate need for corpral punishment

  5. the question is why was it scraped off! da answer is most teachers started abusing it, even now they can abuse it, we had hardworking teachers with a passion to teach that time but they still abused that rule in schools hw abt now? a child does not need to be brutally punished or beaten to be disciplined or u risk mistaking fear for discipline, they should lean to respect teachers,parents en elders out of reverence for them en not fear!!

  6. How can a person with 5 senses call for the reintroduction of corporal punishment. Such things must never be heard of in this era. I know there are some fo0lish teachers who still whack kids up to this day. But if you follow closely, you find that those are teachers from very poor backgrounds in terms of parenting. Infact children need to be sensitised that if a teacher whacks you, please report immediately. Lets stop this habit of beating children in schools

  7. @Progress, spot on! Why do we as a nation always seem to have these meaningless debates about stuff that belongs into the binbags? We should be looking on how to clean up, modernize and thereby improve our education system not reintroducing retrogressive measures. Problem is, some of these leaders have a tendency of taking issues too personal!

  8. My only problem is how to how apply it due to abuse by some frustrated teachers. There is so much indiscipline especially in private schools. My daughter was telling me how they mock a certain teacher each time in walks in class at a named private school in Lusaka. They shout and laugh at teachers as they please. The only thing I did was to show my daughter how displease I was and warned her not to participate. I told her even to stop laughing when she was narrating the story and she immediately stopped. In short where there is no discipline children tend to enjoy doing wrong things at school. These are young ones who are learning and if there is no route to guide them that certain things are wrong we will end up with wrong graduates.

  9. I want to respect all your opinions, but all we need to know is that controlling a child behavior needs more of weeping. Just look at behavior of pupils for today very disgusting and notorious therefore I support the reintroduction of corporal punishment with some limitations from the ministry of education.

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