A social activist and a retired principal have applauded the government for what they considered as a revolutionary paradigm shift in how students are disciplined in schools.
Miss Felicia Brown and Mr Rowan Seon were both reacting to recent reports that the cabinet of ministers has sanctioned the suspension and ultimate abolition of corporal punishment in schools effective May 1st 2019.
Parents, teachers and even the church have all held different views on the subject of corporal punishment over the years
And while the practiced continued to be legal, it was rarely used by most schools
Just recently the issue came to the fore once again after a female secondary school student was struck by a male teacher.
The United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child denounces corporal punishment claiming that it is a violation on the rights of children.
Joining the discussion is retired St. Mary’s College Principal Mr Rowan Seon who says the move by the authorities was inevitable.
Corporal punishment he says can be used positively but has been abused especially when it comes to younger children.
A memo dated February 20th2019 signed by acting Chief Education Officer Mrs. Ruffina Charles was sent to principals of all primary, secondary and private schools on the island stating that as per Cabinet conclusion No. 104 of 2019, Cabinet endorsed the initial suspension of corporal punishment in schools effective May 1st 2019 and the eventual abolishment effective May 1st 2020, pursuant to section 51 of the education Act.