By: KALD & Rita Nedjoh|Voltaonlinegh.com|
A parent has written to the authorities of his wards’ schools to feel free and use the cane on them as a corrective measure anytime they go wrong.
The man by name Emmanuel Kufoalor from Dededo in the Ho West district in his authority note to teachers stated that, his wards should be excluded from the government’s directive to all schools barring the use of corporal as a corrective tool on students.
A copy of the letter dated 5th December, 2018 and sighted by Voltaonlinegh.com, has the following excerpts;
“I Emmanuel Kufoalor write to state that, my wards and I will not be part of the law from the Government to all schools that teachers should not correct the notorious students by canning them.
… Any teacher who will teach any of my wards should feel free and use the cane or any corrective measure to correct them.”
The letter also contained his contact and a Voter identification numbers for confirmation by anyone who would be in doubt of the content.
When contacted, Mr. Kufoalor confirmed the existence of the letter and gave reasons for his unusual action.
He told Voltaonlinegh.com that, the absence of caning in schools was destroying his children as they do not respect teachers anymore which turned to affect their academic work.
According to him, ‘the low academic performance and insubordination of my wards compelled me to write to their school authorities to use cane on them as a corrective measure. I correct them in the house with the cane but teachers claim Government directive says students should not be caned.”
The father of five, whose first child is currently in the senior high school with the rest in basic school, bemoaned how some parents quarrel with teachers because their wards were corrected with cane and stated that, such conducts breeds indiscipline among the children which affects their academic work.
Quoting the biblical principle of “Spare the rod and spoil the child”, Mr. Kufoalor emphasized the need for some level of corporal punishment to be allowed in school in order to instill discipline in wayward children.
It will be recalled that, the Ghana Education Service (GES) few years ago outlawed the use of the cane in all schools in the country.
A statement issued to that effect stated that “Henceforth, any GES/private school staff who inflicts corporal punishment on any child in our schools will be dealt with per the policy guidelines of the service and subsequently referred to the appropriate institution to deal with it”