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Fiji Times, 23 June 2004

Retirees back corporal punishment

Retired teachers Mosese Uluicicia, left and Anare Osborne discuss issues over lunch at the FTA Hall yesterday.
Photograph By: Eliki Nukutabu

THE Retired Fijian Teachers Association has called for the reinstatement of corporal punishment in schools to cut back on indiscipline.

Association publicity officer Sepesa Mocevakaca said principals and head teachers previously had authority to inflict moderate corporal punishment on students for discipline.

"Nowadays we have youths out in the streets, drugs, early pregnancies and poverty because corporal punishment is not inflicted while they are young," he said.

Mr Mocevakaca said there was nothing wrong with corporal punishment and it was also written in proverbs of any religion.

He added that principals and head teachers had to share their responsibilities if they were to avoid stress.

"No man is an island. Principals, head teachers and teachers should be more involved with the community and parents and not confine themselves to the four walls of the classroom," he said.

"If they can engage themselves in the community then they could overcome stress but if they stay within the classroom then they will fail."

He said retired administrators had overcome stress by sharing their responsibilities with other teachers and visiting stakeholders including parents and students.

"Some schools have 200 to 300 students, while some can have more then 1000 students and having to deal with large numbers can be stressful," he said.

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