6 Dec 2010

Warning in PNG about plans for corporal punishment of errant students

4:14 pm on 6 December 2010

Papua New Guinea's acting secretary for education, Dr. Joseph Pagelio, has issued warnings about plans to use corporal punishment on students in Madang.

The Madang Urban Youth Council intends using corporal punishment from February next year if students are found outside of their school grounds or roaming the streets after class.

Dr Pagelio says currently corporal punishment is not allowed in schools for disciplining children who break school rules.

And he says no one apart from the school's board has the power to punish students who break rules and the application of any form of discipline without board approval is a breach of the Education Act.