|www.corpun.com : Archive : 2002 : KE Schools May 2002|
Corpun file 9155 at www.corpun.com
East African Standard, Nairobi, 8 May 2002
Caning Still Rampant in Schools
By Njue Lloyd
Caning is still rampant in schools despite a Government ban on the practice and the enactment of the Children Act which criminalised it.
Population Communication Africa (PCA), an NGO targeting African adolescents, says caning as a form of punishment and instilling discipline is "alive and well" in Kenyan schools.
The main perpetrators of caning are identified as, the male class teacher, the teacher on duty, the head teacher and the female class teacher, in that order.
A survey conducted by the NGO on pupils in Nairobi primary schools reveals that caning is the most common form of punishment employed by teachers.
Of the 1,140 pupils surveyed, 52.6 per cent reported being caned, 23.1 were slapped while 24.3 per cent suffered other forms of beating.
PCA says that though caning is perceived more as a form of punishment reserved for men, more school girls (52 per cent) than boys (48 per cent) report caning.
Copyright © 2002 The East African Standard. All rights reserved.
THE ARCHIVE index
About this website
www.corpun.com Main menu page
© C. Farrell 2002
Page created June 2002