The Ghana Education Service (GES) has said it is unable to control the excessive use of corporal punishment in schools because of the entrenched positions on it.
There had been calls for the GES to ban corporal punishment because of its attendant effects and adopt modern ways to discipline students.
But speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show
, the Deputy Director General of the GES, Ahetor Tsegah, said a complete ban has become difficult adding that the responsibility lies with various heads of schools to set limits for such punishments.
“The GES’s position on corporal punishment is simply that the administration of corporal punishment the single responsibility of the head of the school so nobody is supposed to administer corporal punishment unless it’s under the authority of the head of the school,” he stated.
Mr. Tsegah further stated, “The issue is very ambivalent in terms of the different positions that exist in the country. We have a divided position as a country on the issue of corporal punishment and that is what brings the challenge to the GES.”
“We are finding it very difficult and in order to manage that process, we have put in that policy that is able to control the excessive use of corporal punishment in school,” he added.