The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) is calling on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to reintroduce corporal punishment in schools to instil discipline in students.
The appeal by GNAT follows destruction and acts of vandalism by some students of some second-cycle schools amid claims of strict invigilation protocols that is preventing them from cheating in the exams hall.
On Friday, August 7, 2020, GES dismissed and barred fourteen final-year students from continuing with the examination in their various schools after accusing them of causing chaos and destroying properties.
But President Akufo-Addo on Sunday, August 9 directed the Minister of Education to intervene to ensure that the students are made to write the exams.
Speaking in an interview on the acts of vandalism in schools, President of GNAT, Philippa Larsen said the behaviour of the students is a clear indication that GES must reconsider the ban on corporal punishments in schools.
“I think that as a country we should look at corporal punishment and bring it back in a way,” she said.
In 2017, GES officially banned all forms of corporal punishment in schools in the country as part of efforts to promote a safe and conducive learning environment for students.
It further directed in January 2019 that a Positive Discipline Toolkit which gives alternatives to corporal punishments be adopted by all teachers.