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Daily Telegraph, Sydney, Australia, 23 February 2006
Call for corporal punishment
From correspondents in Port Moresby
PAPUA New Guinea Prime Minister Michael Somare wants corporal punishment reintroduced into secondary schools and says university students also need disciplining to bring them into line for bad behaviour.
Responding to a question in parliament about vandalism and graffiti at the University of Papua New Guinea campus in Port Moresby, Somare, who is acting Higher Education Minister, said a lack of discipline in educational institutions led to property damage by students.
The university was run down and across the country students burned classrooms at graduation time, he told the house yesterday.
Both of PNG's national newspapers today reported Mr Somare advocating the reintroduction of corporal punishment into schools and its introduction also into universities and technical colleges.
But today's Hansard parliamentary record restricts his suggestion to schools.
"I personally believe that corporal punishment should be introduced in schools again.
"I was a subject of corporal punishment when I first went to school. I was a cheeky fellow, gentlemen, and got a lot of cane myself and I think this is the only way that maybe made me a better man today."
University students thought it was their right to enter university, Mr Somare said.
"It's not their right at all, it's a privilege."
Mr Somare said he would take the issue up with education authorities to see what could be done to improve facilities.
"We can improve it and I can assure you that it will be run down again, and they'll do the same thing again.
"I think discipline is the best way for anyone who attends the university."
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