Corpun file 14883
Ghanaweb.com, 29 December 2004
Re-introduce corporal punishment in schools -- opinion leaders
Ekumfi-Attakwaa (C/R), Dec. 29, GNA - Traditional leaders and
opinion leaders at Ekumfi-Attakwaa in the Central Region have
called for the re-introduction of corporal punishment in schools
to help curb indiscipline among pupils.
The suggestion was made at a meeting of the Chiefs, stool elders,
representatives of the School Management Committee (SMC) and the
Attakwaa Citizens Association at Ekumfi-Attakwaa.
The meeting, which was attended by retired civil servants,
university lecturers and farmers among others stressed that the
re-introduction of corporal punishment would help instil a high
sense of discipline in the youth from the basic school level.
It was to find a solution to acts of indiscipline exhibited by
some junior secondary school students and youth in the community
recently, which had damaged the reputation of the village.
Ekumfi-Attakwaa had produced more than ten University Professors
including the Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of
Science and Technology Kumasi (KNUST), Professor Kwesi Andam and
other professionals of high repute.
Speakers at the meeting included Nana Amoadu, Odikro of Attakwaa,
Mr Paul Amoah of the Department of Primary Education, University
of Cape Coast, Mr Kweku Abekah, National Chairman of the Attakwaa
Citizens Association, Mr Emmanuel Nkrumah Andam, Managing
Director of Andam Technical and Computer Training Institute,
Kasoa and Abusuapanyin Addoh. It followed an incident in the town
recently in which a sixteen year-old pupil of the Attakwaa Junior
Secondary School was alleged to have entered the room of a female
teacher unlawfully with a pair of scissors and a cord in the
The teacher and her mother also attended the meeting.
The speakers condemned the action of the pupil and promised to do
every within their power to protect the teachers to enable them
to discharge their duties without fear of intimidation.
Nana Amoadu of the Citizens Association commended the teacher for
honouring the invitation to attend the meeting attended by
journalists. He said the opinion leaders would not sit down
unconcerned for any recalcitrant youth to undermine the hard won
image of the village, which could have adverse effect on the flow
of investment from the government and NGOs into basic education
and other sectors in the area. Mr Nkrumah Andam stated the
determination of the community leaders to promote especially
basic education and said Professor Andam, one of the national
leaders of Attakwaa Citizens Association initiated the meeting
for the members and the Chiefs who had been "badly
hurt" by the action of the pupil.
Mr Abekah said that the association in collaboration with the
traditional leaders would do everything possible to find a
lasting solution to the problems of teachers in the area.
Meanwhile, a disciplinary committee had been set up by the
Association to supplement the effort of the SMC and the Chiefs to
deal with people who would stand in the way to promote education
in the village.
The committee would also deal with parents and guardians whose
children were caught infringing by-laws to promote education and
development in the village.